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Opioid Prescribing Practices is a two-part audio series examining the clinician’s role in combating an opioid epidemic that grips our country.
PART 1 is Managing Opioid Therapy in High-Risk Patients
PART 2 is The Opioid Epidemic
Upon completion of Opioid Prescribing Practices, you will be able to:
• Define the terms ‘pain’ and “chronic pain.”
• Provide examples of potential high-risk patients for opioid misuse.
• Describe how a health care provider might assess a patient’s chronic pain and measure the outcomes after initiating treatment.
• List at least five non-opioid drugs that may offer first-line therapy for non-cancer-related pain management.
• Summarize the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines that pertain to proper prescribing practice for pain medications.
• State whether the incidence of providers actually losing their license or having any legal action taken against them regarding opioid prescribing practices is large or small.
• Describe Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and discuss their use in the prescribing of opioid medications.
• And much more.
Target Audience: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Dentists, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.See full details chevron_right
The BoardVitals Opioid CME Review offers clinicians 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and over 250 Opioid board review questions for free. The questions cover key topics including prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, pain management and palliative care, and substance use disorders. This question bank will assist clinicians meet their State CME requirements.
The BoardVitals Addiction Medicine CME Review also features:
After completing this activity, you should be able to:
Target Audience: Clinicians who deal with opioid prescribing and patients dealing with substance abuse and pain managementSee full details chevron_right
After completing Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing, you will be able to:
• Appropriately assess patients for the treatment of pain with ER/LA opioid analgesics, including analyzing risks versus potential benefits
• Assess patient’s risk of abuse, including substance use and psychiatric history
• Identify state and federal regulations on opioid prescribing
• Incorporate strategies to effectively initiate therapy, modify dosing or discontinue use of ER/LA opioid analgesics in patients with pain
• Manage ongoing therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics
• Incorporate effective counseling for patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics
• Discuss general and product-specific drug information related to ER/LA opioid analgesics
Target Audience: Prescribers of ER/LA opioidsSee full details chevron_right
After completing this online CE course, nurses will better be able to:
Target Audience: Registered NursesSee full details chevron_right
After completing Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain, you will be able to:
• Discuss the breadth and quality of evidence for the use of opioids for chronic pain, including current gaps in knowledge.
• Describe appropriate assessment, monitoring and documentation strategies to meet best practice standards and medico-legal requirements to support opioid prescribing.
• Apply appropriate communications strategies when initiating, managing, and, if necessary, terminating opioids for patients with chronic pain.
• Describe, screen for, and manage potential co-morbidities in chronic pain patients.
• Apply a practical framework for decision-making on the initiation, maintenance, and discontinuation of opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain.
This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 4 hours of risk management study and 4 hours of opioid education.
Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists
After completing Scope of Pain: Safe & Competent Opioid Prescribing Education, you will be able to:
• Discuss prevalence of chronic pain in the US
• Discuss prevalence of the use and misuse of opioid analgesics
• Describe the pharmacology, efficacy and safety of opioid analgesics
• Describe the components of a thorough opioid misuse risk assessment for a potential candidate for chronic opioid therapy
• Describe universal precautions and their role in chronic opioid therapy
• Describe monitoring and documentation strategies for chronic opioid therapy
• Describe initiating opioid therapy
• Apply counseling and communication strategies to ensure appropriate and safe use of opioid medications
• Assess differential diagnosis for aberrant medication taking behavior – Pain relief vs drug seeking
Target Audience: Physicians focusing on Pain ManagementSee full details chevron_right
Opioid use disorder (OUD) affects millions of individuals globally and is best defined by the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a condition due to tolerance, manifestation of physical dependence, and loss of control leading to health hazards.The scale of the problem is staggering, and while the causes are manifold, it is fueled in part by widespread availability: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the distribution of prescription opioid analgesics rose over fivefold between 1997 and 2007.
By the end of the session the participant will be able to:
Healthcare professionals specializing in: addiction specialists, pain management specialists, primary care physicians, and psychiatrists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in pain management or substance abuse; and any other health professionals who encounter OUD in the clinical setting.See full details chevron_right
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