Opioid Safety Guidelines

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning

CEU Course Description

This CE course discusses the safety guidelines for chronic opioid therapy (COT) for patients with chronic non-cancer pain by examining: prescribing; management of patients with COT; tapering and discontinuation; treatment of withdrawal symptoms; and referral criteria.

CEU Course Objectives

1. Discuss clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide safe and effective chronic opioid therapy (COT).

2. Summarize the adverse effects of opiates and differentiate between opioid dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

3. Analyze strategies to safely manage and monitor patients on COT, including prescribing considerations for clinicians.

4. Evaluate the clinical indications for tapering opioid therapy and identify medications that may be used to treat withdrawal symptoms.

5. Describe screening tools that may be used to assess pain and function, depression, and substance use issues among patients on COT.


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Added On: 2015-03-09

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