The student will be able to decide how opioid therapy, especially chronic opioid therapy, might impact an individual patient, taking into consideration pain severity, functioning, and possible risks and side effects and take steps to minimize negative impact.
After completing this activity participants will be able to:
Recognize when opioid therapy is indicated based on pain severity, functioning, and risk of addiction or abuse plus response to first line therapies
Assess and minimize side effects of chronic opioid therapy and provide appropriate patient education.
Develop an opioid medication treatment plan that includes sufficient treatment structure and a plan for safe discontinuation if needed
Plan to monitor patients on chronic opioid therapy to assess continued need and appropriate use