4 Advanced Modules Offered:
Case-IllustratedUnderstanding Aberrant Behaviors in Patients on Opioid Therapy: Trains pain managing clinicians in recognition of patients' aberrant behaviors that might suggest addiction or other substance abuse. The module offers an approach to distinguishing undertreated pain from addiction/substance abuse and to distinguishing between relatively low versus high risk aberrant behaviors and addressing them through additional treatment structure or appropriate referrals.
Urine Drug Testing and Monitoring Progress in Opioid Therapy: Discusses monitoring patients on chronic opioid therapy using a systematic approach that includes assessment/tracking tools, urine drug tests, prescription drug monitoring, and pill counts. Urine drug testing is reviewed in detail including ordering the right test, correctly collecting the speciment, and interpretation.
Case-IllustratedCoordinating with Colleagues to Optimize Chronic Pain Treatment: Describes the role of the primary care provider vs that of the specialist in co-management of chronic pain patients and illustrates how different providers can effectively and efficiently communicate to promote optimal patient outcomes. Also covers effective referrals and the concept of medical home.
Treating Chronic Pain in the High Risk Patient: Trains opioid prescribing clinicians on the intensified treatment structure needed when there is an elevated risk of substance abuse. Recognizing high risk, patient communication, and responding to high risk of opioid abuse/addiction are also discussed.