CME: Opioid-Based Pain Management: Barriers, Guidelines, and Best Practices

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Opioid-Based Pain Management: Barriers, Guidelines, and Best Practices

Opioid-Based Pain Management: Barriers, Guidelines, and Best Practices
This activity discusses the issues present with chronic pain and explores practical strategies for optimal pain management.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 Minutes


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  • Overview

    Chronic pain is clinically challenging for physicians to manage, in both primary care and specialty settings.  Contributing to suboptimal outcomes of patients with chronic pain is the reluctance of physicians to prescribe opioid analgesics due to concerns with tolerance, dependence, addiction, and misuse/abuse.  This activity will help clinicians address their barriers in optimal pain management, by providing practical strategies to evaluate risk of abuse, and assess the place of opioid abuse deterrent formulations in their effort to provide adequate pain relief.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.


    William J. Fredette, Jr., MD FAAP 
    Fox Pediatrics
    Oneonta, NY
    Adjunct Faculty
    Columbia Medical College
    New York, NY 

    Financial Disclosure:
    No relationship to report


    Charles E. Argoff, MD                                                    
    Professor of Neurology
    Director of Comprehensive Pain Center
    Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
    Albany Medical College
    Albany, NY 

    Financial Disclosure:
    Dr. Argoff receives consulting fees from Amgen, BioDelivery Science International, Depomed, Grunenthal Group, Novartis, Pfizer, Quest Diagnostics, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals and royalties from Cambridge Press and Elsevier.  He has contracted research with Allergan, Amgen, Depomed, Daiichi Sankyo, and Grunenthal Group, and ownership interest in Depomed and Pfizer.

    Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD                                                        
    Director, Pain Management and Palliative Care
    Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
    Englewood, NJ

    Financial Disclosure:
    Dr. Gudin receives consulting fees from BioDelivery Sciences International, Kempharm, Nektar, Pernix, and Quest Diagnostics, and participates on the speakers bureau for Collegium Pharmaceutical, Daiichi Sankyo, Purdue Pharma, and Salix Pharmaceuticals.


    • Christa Dardaganian has nothing to disclose.
    • Carole Drexel, PhD CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Jessica McGrory has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Rosenthal has nothing to disclose.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of pain specialists, practicing family physicians, internists, general practitioners, advanced practice professionals, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Describe the societal burden associated with chronic pain
    • Assess clinical practice guidelines for the management of chronic pain and thus overcome physician barriers to the use of opioids in clinical practice.
    • Develop strategies to address physician concerns about the use of opioids for chronic pain
    • Evaluate and differentiate currently available and emergent abuse-deterrent formulations
  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider

    Prova Education designs educational activities based on evidence-based medicine, needs and gaps analyses, learner feedback, and more. Its mission is to serve as an innovative and relevant resource for clinical content and educational interventions across a broad spectrum of specialties.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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