Opioid Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Pain - Part 2

$15.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

The guidelines presented in this course provide healthcare providers with a framework by which to evaluate, treat, and manage the individual needs and preferences of patients with chronic pain who are on or being considered for long-term opioid therapy (LOT).  This CE course gives a clear explanation of the logical relationships between various care options and health outcomes while rating both the quality of the evidence and the strength of the recommendation.

Article Author:  The Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain Work Group.  (2017, February).  VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain.  Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense.


Dowell, D, Haegerich, TM, Chou, R.  CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain - United States, 2016.  MMWR Recomm Rep.  2016;65(1):1-49.

Hedegaard, H, Chen, LH, Warner, M.  Drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin: United States, 2000-2013.  NCHS Data Brief.  Mar 2015(190):1-8.

Rudd, RA, Aleshire, N, Zibbell, JE, Gladden, RM.  Increases in drug and opioid overdose deaths - United States, 2000-2014.  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep.  2016;64(50-51):1378-1382.


Retrieved from:  https://www.healthquality.va.gov/

CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain the unique pharmacologic properties of methadone that make it particularly risky.

2.  Describe the first recommendation for those patients who develop OUD and progress to intravenous drug use.

3.  Identify the strongest predictor of developing OUD.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Initiation and Continuation of Opioids

2.  Risk Mitigation

3.  Type, Dose, Duration, Follow-up, and Taper of Opioids

4.  Opioid Therapy for Acute Pain



ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 02/01/2017

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