Prescription and non-prescription opioid abuse has risen to epidemic proportions. Statistics from the CDC are staggering. Deaths from opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999 with over 165,000 fatalities. Every day in the US, 44 people die of prescription opioid overdose and over 7,000 are treated in ER’s across the country. Over 2 million people in the US are currently addicted to prescription opioids.
One of the challenges facing primary care providers is how and when to safely prescribe opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. In early 2016, the CDC released their opioid prescribing guideline which immediately generated a great deal of controversy in the press.
The guideline is comprehensive and a must read for anyone who prescribes opioids, but was hardly a point of care tool. Here on iMedicalApps we previously found that many of the available opioid conversion calculators lacked consistency. Some of the best opioid conversion apps we have found are Opioid Calculator, Safe Opioids, and pH-Medical Opioid Converter, which included links to the CDC guideline. Now the CDC has released an app summarizing their 2016 opioid guideline. CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline 2016 also contains a morphine equivalency calculator, glossary and an entire section on how to perform motivational interviewing with pain patients. This is one of the many free CDC apps available for physicians and health professionals to use.
Video Review of CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines:
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The information in the medical app comes from the 2016 CDC guideline. The CDC app includes brief summaries of each key recommendation from CDC opioid guideline as well as links to complete sections of the guideline and many helpful tools/summaries. The medical app is well referenced and includes a helpful morphine equivalency calculator, glossary and section on motivational interviewing for safe opioid prescribing.
Who would benefit from the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines App?
Nurses, students, residents, mid-levels, primary care providers, emergency medicine, pain medicine specialists, any provider who treats patients on opioids.
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- Simple to use interface for both built-in calculators on morphine equivalence and opioid to opioid conversion.
- Helpful information on opioid prescribing from new CDC guideline.
- Includes PDFs, references, glossary, calculator and motivational interviewing sections.
- Available for Android.
- Morphine equivalency calculator not as developed as others on market.
- PDFs of helpful tips/summaries not built into app; requires internet connection.
- Motivational interviewing section could benefit from additional scenarios and videos.
The CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline 2016 medical app is a fantastic addition to the Apple App Store and Google Play stores. It provides an easy to follow summary of the guidelines, helpful tips on motivational interviewing and a morphine equivalency calculator all in one medical app. Although other apps may perform the opioid conversion/equivalency process more robustly, none have the complete guideline included in such a succinct and easy to follow interface.
Make sure to check out our list of all the free CDC medical apps clinicians should consider downloading as well.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Outstanding interface that divides up the guideline into key recommendations with additional information built into each section as well as extensive online information, references, and an easy to use morphine equivalency calculator.
- Multimedia Usage
Medical App includes numerous links to full sections of the CDC guideline, helpful PDFs, and references. All these require an internet connection however. The included morphine calculator is built-in.
App is free.
- Real World Applicability
CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline 2016 now puts the entire guideline in the palm of your hand to assist primary care providers and many other specialties in safe opioid prescribing. With succinct recommendations, information on motivational interviewing and a morphine equivalency calculator built in, the latest CDC app is a must have for anyone who prescribes opioids.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.2
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