Electronic Opioid Risk Assessment Program for Chronic Pain Patients: Barriers and Benefits of Implementation

A preliminary assessment program known as Pain Assessment Interview Network, Clinical Advisory System (PainCAS) was implemented in 2 pain centers over the course of 10 months, to understand the tool’s impact on opioid risk assessment documentation and clinical workflow.

This article reviews how the implementation of an opioid risk electronic pain assessment program significantly increased the likelihood that a risk assessment would be included in the medical record, which has implications for improvement of quality of care.