This guideline will assist primary and specialty care providers in identifying and caring for adult patients with a serious (potentially life-limiting, life-threatening or chronic, progressive) illness who may benefit from palliative care.
Scope: Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute, subacute and chronic pain in ambulatory settings. Target Population: Adults age 18 years and older with non-cancer pain. Exclusion: This guideline will not cover patients with migraines, active cancer, and/or those receiving palliative or hospice care. In addition, management of visceral pain is out of the scope of this guideline. Although much of the literature is overlapping with low back pain, this is not a primary focus of this guideline.