Michigan Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

$22.95
About the Course

Caring for patients with chronic pain is both challenging and complex. This course provides details of the best practices for prescribing and managing pain when using opioids and related products. Federal and state laws are being updated and best practices protocols are being developed. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe six pain-related components of an initial patient evaluation.
  • Describe two tools for patient risk assessment.
  • Describe three advantages of creating written patient/provider opioid agreements.
  • Explain the value of function-based treatment goals over pain-relief goals.
  • Describe four key steps to take prior to initiating treatment with an opioid pain medication.
  • Explain why special care must be taken with extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid formulations.
  • Explain two reasons why methadone must be used with particular caution.
  • Describe two ways to potentially address unpleasant or intolerable opioid side effects.
  • Explain three potential benefits of using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).


About the Author

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area.  Katie also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Katie has done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.
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