|Time Commitment:||4 Hrs 0 min over 42 days|
|Credits Available:||4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™, 4.5 ANCC contact hours, 4.5 ACPE contact hours|
Assessment and treatment of pain are challenges for healthcare providers and health systems. Treatment with opioid medications can decrease pain functionality but also may result in opioid tolerance, dependence, misuse, and overdose. It is important that opioids be prescribed judiciously to prevent and/or mitigate these potential harms.
How much do you already know about safe opioid prescribing? This short self-assessment activity will let you test your knowledge about this ongoing public health challenge. Please follow the prompts to complete the self-assessment.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid overdose epidemic had entered a fourth, increasingly deadly phase. This self-study module reviews the key epidemiologic trends that clinicians need to know about today’s challenging and constantly evolving pain management landscape.
Your initial assessment may be the most important factor in devising an effective pain management plan that also prioritizes patient safety. This self-study module outlines prescribing, patient education, and risk mitigation strategies for appropriate opioid prescribing.
How confident are you about when to use—and when to avoid—opioids for patients with acute pain? This self-study module will help you determine whether the benefits of a short course of opioids are likely to outweigh the risks.
Chronic pain is common—yet it is uniquely challenging to manage appropriately, especially when the patient has risk factors for opioid misuse and/or comorbidities. This self-study module provides guidance on how to balance the benefits and risks/harms of opioid therapy.
Healthcare providers who prescribe opioids must remain up to date on both federal and state requirements for opioid prescribing. These requirements change periodically, and it is up to the healthcare provider to make sure that they are familiar with the requirements that pertain
Despite effective treatments for opioid use disorder, overdose death rates continue to climb. This self-study module shows how clinicians, including primary care providers, can improve outcomes in patients receiving opioid treatment through careful education and monitoring.
This Final Assessment will complete the Self Study section.
Please use this session to gather the group and share an overview of the course plus answer questions.
This Live Group Discussion will focus on the Baseline self-assessment and the content of the self-study modules. Group Members are encouraged to actively participate by discussing any challenges they are encountering and responding to other members' contributions.
This Group Task will enable you to practice the clinical skills that are necessary to safely and effectively prescribe opioids as part of a pain control treatment plan.