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Opioids Clinical Primer

This program provides an overview of key concepts and skills for clinicians facing common challenges in the management of patients with chronic pain, including reducing the risks of opioids and addressing opioid use disorder.

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Courses
Safer Opioid Prescribing Strategies
Understand your role in minimizing opioid-related harms through patient education and safe prescribing and dispensing practices. Learn how to assess patients on opioids for adverse effects, and when and how to taper and switch opioids. Select patients who are likely to benefit from opioids and are at a lower risk of harm.
Managing Patients with Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care with Buprenorphine
Using case studies, learn how to identify patients who would benefit from buprenorphine treatment in a primary care setting. Understand how to manage buprenorphine prescriptions, including; dose adjustments, side effect management, monitoring, observed versus take-home dosing, the role of urine drug testing. Learn about the importance of co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders with respect to relapse prevention and the importance of trauma histories in relation to opioid use disorder.
Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care: Principles of Assessment and Management
Review the role of opioids in the brain and the signs and symptoms of withdrawal. Learn how to identify patients with opioid use disorder and outline the management options for opioid use disorder including the role of opioid agonist therapy with buprenorphine. Educate patients on strategies to prevent opioid overdose including the use of naloxone, a vital tool for overdose prevention.
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This program is part of Ontario Pain Management Resources: A Partnership to Help Clinicians Support their Patients coordinated by Health Quality Ontario. Learn more at hqontario.ca/painsupports.