Excessive or inappropriate use of opiates in the treatment of pain is a major national problem in the delivery of healthcare. Opioids are both underprescribed and overprescribed. Prescribing clinicians need training in effective communication skills as well as an understanding of when and how to prescribe opioids.
In addition to the specialists who frequently prescribe opioids (pain specialists, orthopedists, rheumatologists), primary care clinicians have increasingly taken on the burden of managing pain effectively. Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain offers clinicians necessary education in how to work with their patients who are living with chronic pain – how to define chronic pain, how to manage its treatment, the tools available to assess pain and the risk involved in prescribing opioids, and how to discontinue treatment if necessary.
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Boston University School of Medicine, with the cooperation with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the New England Division of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, developed these presentations as part of a series of live meetings held across the state of Massachusetts during 2010 for prescribing clinicians.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This web-based activity is supported by funding from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and by an unrestricted educational grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The development of content for the live meetings was supported by unrestricted educational grants from Purdue Pharma L.P. and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 4 hours of risk management study.
This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 4 hours of opioid education.
This activity was planned in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
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