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The Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

   A five-part series on best practices in opioid prescribing

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • prescribe opioids according to the opioid prescribing guidelines and in cases where they deviate from the guidelines, they will document the reasons for doing so.
  • consider including other modalities to relieve pain as well as other medications that are not responsible for addiction and dependence.
  • utilize the new PDMP and alter workflows to best accommodate the required database review
  • appropriately monitor patients during ongoing care

Instructions for completing the course:

  1. Review all 5 sessions below
  2. Complete the CME Quiz/evaluation
  3. Print out your CME certificate

Session 1: Interdisciplinary Pain Care:
Where Do Opioids Fit In?

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Session 2: Opioid Therapy: Does it Work and at What Cost?

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Session 3: Patient Monitoring During Care

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Session 4: Treatment Failure:
What to do when things don’t go well

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Session 5: Putting it all Together:
Managing Pain in High Risk Patients

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Take the Assessment:

Access for PHYSICIANS to obtain CME credit



Accreditation and designation information

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

The members of the Activity Development Team have no relevant relationships to disclose.

Activity Team Members:

Name/Title (MD, DO, PhD, etc.)

Role in the activity – planner/faculty /author

Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA

Planner and presenter

Martin Cheatle, PhD

Planner and presenter

Leslie Howell


Marcia Lammando, RN


Enduring material posted: Nov. 9, 2016

Enduring material expires: Dec. 31. 2018


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would have liked an explanation of the correct answers after taking the quiz. some of material is out of date.

Monday, August 7, 2017 2:41:08 PM


Great session, but it was made in 2014 and should be updated as a great deal has changed in the interim.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:46:54 AM