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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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.
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.
Understand how mental health conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders and a history of trauma may contribute to and complicate the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) and substance use disorders. Explore how to use brief interventions and referral for treatment for patients with these overlapping conditions. Consider ways to incorporate trauma informed care into practice.
Learn to educate and motivate patients to use non-pharmacologic strategies for pain self-management. Explore how to optimize non-opioid medications for the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). Strengthen communication skills in order to develop collaborative relationships with patients. Discover what resources are available for primary care providers to help manage chronic pain in their patient population.
Identify patients with opioid use disorder in primary care, ED and inpatient settings. Learn how to initiate treatment with buprenorphine in these different clinical environments. Recognize the importance of dispensing naloxone for overdose prevention. Understand the role of Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinics in the care of people with substance use disorders.
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