Putting Pressure on Opioid Prescribing: Novel Approaches to Pain Management
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities
Join Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos in augmented reality illustration of pain management strategies to optimize safe and responsible management of acute and chronic pain.
Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment
The key to pain management is helping patients function better so that they can return to doing the things they enjoy. In this CME Snack, expert faculty discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so that clinicians can work together with patients to restore function and improve quality of life.
Providing the Right Expectations: Understanding the Pathophysiology of Pain Evaluating patients with chronic pain can be a daunting task, as the nervous system is complex and knowing which type of pain the patient is experiencing – neuropathic, nociceptive, or nociplastic – is the best guide for where clinicians should focus their treatment decisions. In this CME Snack on understanding and treating pain, expert faculty focus on the pathophysiology of pain and the underlying mechanisms to assessment and appropriate management.
The Role that Gender Plays in Pain Perception, Treatment, and Addiction Gender plays an important role in pain, pain reception, and opioid use. In this CME Snack, expert faculty discuss how gender and sexual trauma and/or abuse affects a patient’s proclivity to substance abuse disorders.
Shifting Perspectives on Pain Management in Oral Surgery In a survey of 1,015,116 opioid naïve patients undergoing surgery, total duration of opioid use was the strongest predictor of misuse and the greatest risk for individuals in the 15-24 age group. Young people aged 15-24 often get their first exposure to opioids with dental surgery. In a survey of randomly selected oral surgeons conducted by Dr. Abubaker and colleagues, the average number of opioid tablets prescribed was 20, with 22% prescribing more than 20 tablets, and 11% prescribing more than 30 tablets. These risk factors, combined with the current epidemic, has led many oral surgeons to believe that the old standards of depending on opioids as a first-line treatment should be a thing of the past. In this free CME Snack, Dr. Gold and Dr. Abubaker share insights on alternative pain management strategies for oral pain with a focus on finding a balance between compassion for patient care and patient safety.Participate Now
How PAs are Improving Skill Sets to Approach Opioid Use
Managing the Complexity of Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting
New Perspectives and Approaches from Orthopedic Surgeons for the Management of Acute Pain
Fatal Attraction: Why are Opioids so Addicting?
Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal
SMART Goals: The Science & Art of Meeting the Needs of Patients in Pain
Treating Incarcerated Individuals with OUD
Most individuals do not receive treatment for their opioid use disorder when incarcerated resulting in significant rates of relapse, overdose, and death upon release. Dr. Tobias Wasser discusses barriers and opportunities for treatment in correctional facilities. Download Slides Here – PDF
Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment (COAT)
Dr. James Berry has created an innovative and effective group-based, and step-based opioid addiction program at West Virginia University. COAT combined medical management with psychosocial treatment. Their results have been impressive.
Learn the top takeaways from this activity, “Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal”
Understanding Pain and Addiction An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways – Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)
Understanding the Different Types of Pain: An Augmented Reality Experience
Understanding the Addicted Brain: An Augmented Reality Experience
From Analytics to Understanding: A Look Into Our 3D Pain Animation’s Debut at CME Outfitters’ Opioid Epidemic Premiere Symposium Family medicine providers are uniquely qualified to lead the charge for precise and responsible prescribing for acute and chronic pain. Family medicine is at the forefront of managing chronic illness, handling comorbidities, and coordinating care for their patients. A recent live meeting held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) used an animated 3-D model that learners were able to move, rotate, and zoom as they explored acute and chronic pain pathways. Learn more in our latest blog
Brainstorming Opioid Addiction through Merged Perspectives: Learnings from Roundtable Discussions According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people die each day in the United States due to an opioid overdose. To better understand the nation’s current epidemic, CME Outfitters recently brought together the perspectives of those most impacted by opioids in hopes of creating more effective strategies to avoid addiction in the coming years. These roundtable discussions, hosted by CME Outfitters, first pulled the experiences of both patients and their loved ones who have been affected by opioid dependency. Read more about the the four key takeaways that we learned. Learn more