Opioid Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Pain - Part 3

$35.00 | CE Hours:7.00 | 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.  Identify the time of day that urine collection is most reliable.

2.  Describe the procedure for converting one opioid to another.

3.  Name three situations when significant methadone toxicity can occur.

4.  Conclude in which situation opioid therapy trial can be initiated with caution.

5.  Summarize three instances when opioid therapy should be tapered off and discontinued.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  VA Signature Informed Consent

2.  Urine Drug Testing

a.  Benefits of Urine Drug Testing

b.  Types of Urine Drug Testing

3.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for Opioid Use Disorders

4.  Drug Tables

a.  Short-acting, Orally Administered Opioids

b.  Long-acting / Extended-release Opioids

c.  Morphine Milligram Equivalent Doses

d.  Methadone Dosing Guidance

5.  Evidence Review Methodology

a.  Developing the Scope and Key Questions

b.  Conducting the Systematic Review

c.  Convening the Face-to-face Meeting

d.  Grading Recommendations

e.  Recommendation Categorization

f.  Drafting and Submitting the Final Clinical Practice Guideline

6.  Patient Focus Group Methods and Findings

a.  Methods

b.  Patient Focus Group Findings

7.  Evidence Table

8.  2010 Recommendation Categorization Table



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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Added On: 2019-06-05

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