The Role that Gender Plays in Pain Perception, Treatment, and Addiction

The Role that Gender Plays in Pain Perception, Treatment, and Addiction

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Premiere Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Pharmacists (ACPE)
  3. ABIM
  4. Family Physicians (AAFP)
  5. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020 


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
Ellen Ovson, MD, FASAM 
Medical Director
Lakeview Health
Jacksonville, FL

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Statement of Need

Gender plays an important role in pain, pain reception, and opioid use. Identifying gender-specific needs is key to addressing pain management and substance abuse disorders like OUD, with open discussion of these problems being the key to their resolution. 

Women are prescribed opioids more often than men and become addicted very quickly. When clinicians hear about relapse in treatment and issues with treatment outcomes, lack of attention to underlying causes like past trauma leads to more risk for addiction and relapse. Unfortunately, gender-responsive treatment is more labor intensive and costly than generic treatment and is therefore often overlooked. 

In this CME Outfitters Snack, expert faculty discuss how gender affects a patient’s proclivity to substance abuse disorders and engagement in treatment, as well as the emotional components that are often underlying causes of addiction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify gender-specific treatment needs when addressing substance use disorders.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who manage patients with acute and chronic pain.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

USF Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.AAFP Credit (Family Physicians):
This Enduring Material activity, The Role that Gender Plays in Pain Perception, Treatment, and Addiction, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 03/01/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. .25 contact hours (0.025 CEUs) Universal Activity Number: 
Enduring: 0376-0000-19-012-H01-P 

Type: Knowledge-based 

ABIM/MOC Credit: 
MOC Points available for Internal Medicine and General Medicine Board Certified Physicians. 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

For information about ACCME accreditation and ABIM MOC for this activity, please email Learning Format: 
Enduring activity 

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Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of USF Health and 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. Ovson 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. 

Disclosures were obtained from the USF Health staff: No disclosures to report. 

CME Outfitters, LLC, USF Health, 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.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS(877.263.7767).

Credits ACCME:0.25, AAFP:0.25, PARTICIPATION:0.25, CPE:0.25, MOC:0.25Tag(s) Pain Management