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How can the effectiveness of opioid therapy be assessed?

There are several tools that can assist a clinician in evaluating the effectiveness of opioid therapy. The most obvious is pain relief or pain reduction, typically utilizing a numeric rating scale. It is also important to evaluate the patient's functional activity. This can be done by asking questions about the patient's activity level to determine if there has been any improvement. These activities may range from being able to conduct activities of daily living to returning to full-time employment. More formal functional assessments can be done, which includes questionnaires such as the Oswestry Disability Index and the Neck Disability Index.