The Centre for Effective Practice updates the Opioid Manager tool to reflect the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

December 13, 2017



The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has been working collaboratively with the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) since 2016 to develop tools and resources that support family physicians and other primary care providers in their daily clinical practices.

Recently, the CEP in conjunction with the University Health Network, updated the Opioid Manager to reflect the recommendations from the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.

The updated Opioid Manager:
  • Emphasizes the importance of optimizing non-pharmacological and non-opioid pharmacotherapy interventions
  • Contains initial dosing, titration and morphine equivalency information for all recommended opioids
  • Contains succinct information and examples on how to appropriately monitor, taper and switch opioid prescriptions
  • Includes accompanying fillable appendices that can be inserted into the patient medical chart

The CFPC remains committed to supporting quality continuing professional development (CPD) education and knowledge translation, for improved opioid prescribing.

For more information about the CEP’s updated Opioid Manager visit

For more information about resources developed by the CFPC, in collaboration with the CEP, please visit Programs and Practice Support.

Opioid Tapering Template

Developed by the Center for Effective Practice and with the clinical leadership of CFPC member, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan, the Opioid Tapering Template is a new resource to support primary care providers with reducing opioid dosages safely and effectively. It recognizes that opioid tapering is a complex process that requires individualized tapering plans and prioritizing patient safety and self-efficacy. Throughout the tool, providers will find helpful talking points, fillable forms and links to relevant resources to further guide their approach.


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