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November 15, 2017; Updated October 11, 2019

Avoid opioid misuse without compromising care through education, responsible opioid prescribing and advocacy.

Patients have a right to appropriate assessment and management of pain; however, opioid misuse has become a public health crisis. It is essential that providers become familiar with published FDA and CDC plans and guidelines. Providers must also educate and screen for risk factors for opioid misuse and follow patients on chronic opioid therapy for any signs of misuse.

These items are provided solely for informational purposes and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their physicians.

How The List Was Created

As an international leader in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, AAGL relies on its society members and board to determine the various needs and best practices to promote safe, higher quality care to patients. The list of things to question provided to the Choosing Widely campaign was submitted to the AAGL Board, who developed a subcommittee dedicated to analyzing the recommended interventions. The subcommittee of expert surgeons in the field of minimally invasive surgery recommended and developed a more effective use of health care resources, along with safe techniques to practice. The submitted list was reviewed and approved by the AAGL Board.


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