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Opioids Clinical Primer

This six-part 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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Are you ready to make a difference in the opioid crisis or maybe you're willing but don't know how to get started? With the help of this free, certified online program from Machealth, you will uncover common issues that arise when prescribing opioids; learn to reduce and manage the harms of opioids including overdose and dependence and recognize and treat opioid use disorder. Start learning at opioids.machealth.ca

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It's a sad truth, but in 2017 approximately 3,987 Canadians lost their lives in suspected opioid overdoses. It may seem like a daunting task, but something can be done to manage the opioid overdose crisis in Canada. Ontario health professionals play an important role in keeping their patients safe, they just need to know how.

Machealth has launched a free, certified online program to educate health professionals in Ontario about safe opioid risk reduction; address opioid use disorder by reducing harms including overdose and dependence by recognizing and treating opioid use disorder. You can learn how at opioids.machealth.ca

 

Course 3 is now live!

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The latest course in the Opioids Clinical Primer Program on Machealth has launched. Safer Opioid Prescribing Strategies assists clinicians in managing some of the dilemmas associated with using opioids in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain.

Register for access to the free program here: opioids.machealth.ca

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If you want to learn how you can make a difference in the opioids crisis, take a look at the latest course on Machealth. Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices helps health professionals in Ontario to:

  • understand their 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.

Register for access to the free program here: opioids.machealth.ca

 

Course 4 is now live!

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'Mental Health, Chronic Pain, and Substance Use: Addressing the Connections’ is a new continued professional development course that provides health professionals in Ontario with an educational solution to help to address the challenges associated with the intersection of chronic pain, mental health, and substance use disorder.

This free course can be accessed online, anytime at opioids.machealth.ca

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‘Mental Health, Chronic Pain, and Substance Use: Addressing the Connections’ is a new continued professional development course that helps health professionals in Ontario to: 

  • Describe how mental health disorders and trauma are risk factors for both chronic non-cancer pain and opioid use.
  • Routinely screen for anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders in patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Implement evidence-based approaches to the management of anxiety disorders in patients with chronic non-cancer pain and patients with opioid use disorder.
  • Incorporate a trauma-informed approach to care for people with pain, substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders.

This free course can be accessed online, anytime at opioids.machealth.ca.

Course 5 is now live!

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‘Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain: Moving Beyond Opioids’ is a new certified continued professional development course on Machealth that helps health professionals in Ontario to best encourage collaboration with patients to use non-pharmacologic strategies to manage chronic non-cancer pain. 

This free course can be accessed online, anytime, at opioids.machealth.ca

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‘Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain: Moving Beyond Opioids’ is a new certified continued professional development course on Machealth that helps health professionals in Ontario to:

  • Advise patients about physical activity and therapies, psychological approaches, and self-management programs that can be effective in managing chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). 
  • Identify key resources to support patient self-management. 
  • Integrate non-opioid medications in the pharmacologic treatment of chronic pain in ways that reduce the risks of polypharmacy and adverse effects. 

This free course can be accessed online, anytime at opioids.machealth.ca

Course 6 is now live!

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‘Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Initiating Buprenorphine in Primary Care, ED and Inpatient Setting’ is the sixth and course in the Opioids Clinical Primer program from Machealth. It helps clinicians address Opioid Use Disorder by providing background information and practical strategies that apply to any practice setting, including common considerations and contraindications to treatment, assessing withdrawal, and dose titration.

This free course can be accessed online, anytime, at opioids.machealth.ca.

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‘Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Initiating Buprenorphine in Primary Care, ED and Inpatient Setting’ is a new certified continued professional development course on Machealth that helps It helps clinicians address Opioid Use Disorder by providing background information and practical strategies that apply to any practice setting, including:

  • Explain the mechanism of action of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  • Identify presentations in your practice setting that may indicate a diagnosis of opioid use disorder.
  • Start buprenorphine treatment safely.
  • Develop a process for incorporating treatment of opioid use disorder in your practice setting.

This free course can be accessed online, anytime at opioids.machealth.ca.

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If you have any questions about the program, feel free to reach out.

Anthony J. Levinson, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation
John Evans Chair in Educational Research
Associate Professor,
McMaster University
levinsa@mcmaster.ca

Mike Ayers
Marketing Specialist
Division of eLearning Innovation
McMaster University
mike.ayers@machealth.ca