A Change of Plans: Adjusting Treatment and Prescribing Protocols to Address the Opioid Epidemic

CMEO Snack

Premiere Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Nurses (CNE)
  2. Other
       6. Dentists (CE)

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

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Faculty


Mark S. Gold, MD Mark S. Gold, MD 
ASAM's Annual Lifetime Achievement John P. McGovern Award & Prize Winner
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
17th University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Professor
Gainesville, FL

A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD 
Professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Richmond, VA

Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA 
Professor
Director of Orthopaedic Residency Program
University of South Florida
Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Research
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Tampa, FL

Siegfried O. F. Schmidt, MD, PhD, FAAFP Siegfried O. F. Schmidt, MD, PhD, FAAFP 
Professor
Department of Community Health and Family Medicine
Director, Chronic Pain Management Program at Main
UF Health Family Medicine – Springhill
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Statement of Need

Nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are at the forefront of primary care, orthopedic surgery, and oral surgery patient care. Clinicians practicing in the primary care setting are well suited to manage chronic pain as they are adept at managing chronic disease and associated comorbidities, coordinating care, and applying a biopsychosocial approach to multimodal pain management. Incorporating best practice strategies for the evaluation of pain, integration of risk assessment tools, and ongoing patient education and monitoring will optimize safe and responsible prescribing.

Additionally, the Orthopedic Trauma Association has released new acute pain guidelines that emphasize precise prescribing with multimodal treatment plans that integrate non-opioid medications, cognitive, physical, and system strategies to help patients cope with their pain.

Along with orthopedists, oral surgeons play a role in responsible prescribing of opioids. In a survey conducted by Dr. Abubaker, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, the average number of opioid tablets being prescribed after dental surgery was 20; this, along with the additional risk factor of young age, has proven that the implementation of new guidelines for prescribing after dental surgery procedures is key to minimizing the use of opioids while still meeting patients' pain needs.

In this free 3-part Snack, expert faculty discuss how best to manage pain in primary care, orthopedic, and dental settings, with a focus on finding a balance between compassion for patient care and patient safety.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the growing burden of the opioid epidemic and the role of all stakeholders in addressing the opioid epidemic in their community.
  • Educate patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.
  • Upon evaluation of current clinical workflow for opioid prescribing, incorporate two best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing and minimize potential for abuse and diversion.

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit:

  • Recognize the growing burden of the opioid epidemic and the role of all stakeholders in addressing the opioid epidemic in their community.
  • Educate patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.
  • Describe two best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing and minimize potential for abuse and diversion.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Credit Information

AANP Credit (American Association of Nurse Practitioners):
This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 1.0 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 19033641. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1 contact hours.

Dentists
Dental Credit:
This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 1.0 units of continuing education.

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Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Gold has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Abubaker has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Mir reports that he is a consultant for OrthoGrid Systems, Inc.; Smith & Nephew; StabilizOrtho; Trice Medical; and Zimmer Biomet.

Dr. Schmidt has no disclosures to report.

Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

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