Tools and Resources: Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing_Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician


Tools and resources provided by Alberta Health Services – Chronic Pain Centre:

Patient referral information

Chronic Pain Centre Opioid Guidelines

Calculating Oral Morphine Equivalent Daily Doses (MEDD) Using Canadian Opioid Guidelines and CDC Guidelines

Medication Tapering Plan

Opioid Flow Sheet

Opioid Information, Functional Goals, and Treatment Agreement

Opioid Tapering – Information for Chronic Pain Patients

Opioid Tapering for Chronic Pain Patients – Information for Family Physicians

Opioids for Chronic Pain Management: Dose Availability and Alberta Health & Wellness Funding – Information for Healthcare Providers

Other tools and resources:

Opioid Manager
National Pain Center

Opioid Safety for Patients with Chronic Pain
Jointly published by: Alberta College of Pharmacists, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Medical Association, College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta

Opioid Risk Tool
Developed by:
Lynn R. Webster, MD; Medical Director of Lifetree Medical, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Navigating Opioids for Chronic Pain
Developed by:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office, Faculty of Medicine’s , University of Toronto
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada
Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Opioid Education Resources
Collated by Alberta Physician Learning Program

Take Home Naloxone Presentation for Trainers
Provided by Alberta Health Services

Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP)
An integrated community-based chronic disease management program that includes the following services:
– Patient education, including disease-specific and general health and lifestyle topics, such as nutrition (including for Irritable Bowel Syndrome), fatigue, fibromyalgia
– Better Choices, Better Health® – Chronic Pain
Provides free self-management workshops for people with chronic pain. Workshops are once a week for 2 ½ hours for 6 weeks.
– Supervised exercises

Specialist LINK
A telephone advice line that family doctors can use to contact a specialist for advice about a patient in real time
Provides advice from a chronic pain specialist — 403-910-2551 (toll-free 1-844-962-5465)

Pain BC
Includes webinars, workshops and online self management training through the Live Plan Be portal

The Pain Toolkit
Helping people all over the world self manage persistent pain

(website and smartphone app)
Mindfulness meditation; free content available

Dr. Christopher Germer
Mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, relaxation; free downloads available

Dr. Dan Siegel
Videos and supportive material
Mindful Breathing with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel on YouTube (7 minutes):