Managing Opioids Safely After Discharge: A Communication Tool for Patients and Care Partners

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Prepared by IPRO HQIC

The goal of this tool is to help you communicate with your healthcare team about the opioids you will be taking after you are discharged from the hospital. You and your doctor have decided that you should continue taking opioids after you leave the hospital as part of your pain management plan. A pain management plan lists the ways in which you can control your pain. The plan may include prescribed opioids and over-the-counter medicines and when you should take them, as well as other things you can do (e.g., ice, massage). You and your clinician may need to adjust your plan as you recover.