Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Board of Directors of APS voted in 1997 to embark upon an ambitious effort to develop and disseminate a series of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the management of complex pain problems to be used by patients, payers, and providers. The Program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, ongoing effort to develop guidelines and assure their dissemination and implementation. It adheres to state-of-the-art scientific principles of guideline development and evaluation.

To guide this program, APS has established a Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, chaired by Keela Ann Herr, PhD RN FAAN, Professor and Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and Associate Dean for Faculty, College of Nursing, at the University of Iowa.

The committee identifies topics for guideline development, oversees and ensures the validity of the guideline development process, and advises on dissemination issues.

The guidelines program is led by Roger Chou, MD of the Oregon Health & Science University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center. Dr. Chou and his staff work with multidisciplinary expert panels to define guideline scope and key questions, develop evidence reviews, develop recommendations, conduct peer review and finalize guideline recommendations for publication.

Since its inception, APS has published seven guidelines and has two guidelines (methadone safety and post-operative pain) in process for publication in 2013-2014.

Guidelines Currently Available

Methadone Safety: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American Pain Society and College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in Collaboration With the Heart Rhythm Society

Published, April 2014

Evidence Review [PDF]

Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain

News Release, February 10, 2009
Evidence Review [PDF]: Use of Chornic Opioid There

Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2 October 2007, Volume 147 Issue 7 Pages 478-491

Originally published October 2, 2007

News Release, October 2, 2007
Evidence Review [PDF]

Interventional Therapies, Surgery, and Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline From the American Pain Society

News Release, May 13, 2009
Evidence Review [PDF]

Guideline for the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in Sickle-Cell Disease

Published 1999

Guildeline Information

Archived Guidelines