AAPM Pain Treatment Guidelines

The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Guidelines Under Development

The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future. Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.

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  • Opioid Discontinuation: A Consensus Guideline

Pain Guidelines & Consensus Recommendations

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report

January 2019

Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

July 2018

Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications

April 2018

Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations

January 2018

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions

May 2017

Acute pain classification system consensus report from the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks; the American Pain Society; and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Methadone for Pain Management: Improving Clinical Decision Making

July 2016

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation

December 2015

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Endorsed by the American Gastroenterological Association.

Acute Pain Medicine in the United States: A Status Report

September 2015

Consensus report from the AAPM and its Acute Pain Medicine shared interest group.

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