Controlled Medication Agreements for controlled substances are an important part of pain management. For the patient, they offer informed consent on the dangers of longterm opioid therapy and clearly explain the expectations and monitoring requirements of the practice. For the physician, they can offer significant legal protection. This document is offered for educational purposes only and is provided "as is". It is not intended to provide any legal advice or supplement legal counsel. Before initiating any agreement within your practice, I would run your your agreement by a pain medicine specialist and a lawyer. Click here to download a PDF version of this document. Best wishes!
Dr. Koo is currently a Hospitalist in sunny Florida. His previous gig was Assistant Director at the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Orlando. That was a fun job! And before that, he was a busy family doctor in rural Ohio for almost 11 years. This blog is his attempt at writing down some of the medical stuff that has accumulated—often against his will—inside his head over the last 18 years. Enjoy!
Although Dr. Koo often picks up amazing tips from other doctors at Florida Hospital, this blog does not represent the views of his employer or the hospital that he works at. And, depending on his mood (and the phase of the moon), it may not represent his views either (it's a doctor's prerogative to change his/her mind). Therefore, anything that you read here should be considered as egregiously wrong until verified and reverified by thirty (or more) double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies performed, shockingly, on Puffins. Use this information at your own risk!
Finally, feel free to leave a comment on a post if you feel that some clarification is needed. Medicine is definitely a colaborative effort. Which means—sometimes I screw things up pretty bad!