Clinical Practice Guidelines
APS produces a series of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the management of complex pain problems as a reference for providers and payers. The program is an ongoing comprehensive and multidisciplinary effort to develop guidelines and assure their dissemination and implementation. The process adheres to state-of-the-art scientific principles of guideline development and evaluation. APS has published eight guidelines.
APS members consistently rate our evidence-based guidelines among the top three most valued programs of the society. The Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain was one of just two guidelines evaluated in a systematic review and appraisal of guidelines for use of opioids to treat chronic pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee
The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee identifies topics for development, oversees and ensures the validity of the guideline development process, and advises on dissemination issues. The development of guidelines is led by Roger Chou, MD, and his staff at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center. With multidisciplinary expert panels, they define scope and key questions for new guidelines, develop evidence reviews and recommendations, conduct peer reviews, and finalize guideline recommendations for publication.
Keela Ann Herr, PhD RN FAAN
John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Professor and Codirector
University of Iowa, College of Nursing
Associate Dean for Faculty
Roger Chou, MD
Oregon Health & Science University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center
Methadone Safety: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Pain Society and College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in Collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society (2014)
APS gratefully acknowledges the many experts who provided peer reviews of both the Methadone Safety Guideline and the Methadone Safety Evidence Review. The society is most appreciative of their time and expertise.
Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain (2009)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society (2007)
Interventional Therapies, Surgery, and Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Pain Society (2009)