1.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Chronic pain is a significant public health problem in the United States that is both common and costly. Overall, there are 116 million adults in the U.S. with a chronic pain condition; the associated total economic cost is estimated at over $600 billion. Opioid analgesics can effectively reduce pain and improve quality of life in many chronic pain conditions, but they also have significant adverse events—the most worrisome of which is the risk of addiction. Clinicians therefore need to carefully assess patients before considering a trial of opioid therapy and understand how best to utilize opioid therapy as part of a multimodal approach to care. To provide guidance to clinicians, this Web-based activity features a series of faculty discussions on the optimal use of opioid therapy for the management of noncancer chronic pain in clinical practice. A series of patient/clinician vignettes demonstrating specific learning points relating to the clinical use of opioid analgesics is featured to facilitate the discussions.
This activity is intended for primary care clinicians, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who manage patients with chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
American Academy of CME
John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CCMEP, President, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Zinovy Meyler, DO, Independent Clinical Reviewer, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Drexel University College of Medicine
Michael Onori, Patient Actor, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Kathleen F. Ryan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Medical Simulation Center, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Curatio CME Institute
Thomas Finnegan, PhD, Associate Medical Director, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Jonathan S. Simmons, ELS, Senior Managing Editor, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of CME and Curatio CME Institute. The American Academy of CME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of CME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This educational activity will include discussion of drugs or devices or uses of agents that have not been approved by the FDA or have been approved by the FDA for specific uses only. It is the responsibility of the clinician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or device he or she wishes to use in clinical practice. The American Academy of CME, Curatio CME Institute, and Purdue Pharma do not recommend the use of any agent outside the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Academy of CME, Curatio CME Institute, or Purdue Pharma. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a clinician regarding diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient’s medical condition.
Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in this CME activity. To receive credit, participants must (1) read the learning objectives and disclosure statements, (2) study the educational activity, including videos and text, and (3) complete the post-test and activity evaluation form, including the certificate information section.
To obtain a certificate, participants must receive a score of 70% or better on the post-test. The post-test can be accessed at the end of the activity.
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