(OLD) Advanced Program: Advanced Skills in Chronic Opioid Therapy

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In the Advanced Program, you will have the opportunity to practice clinical applications.
One patient you'll meet is Bob, where you'll:
  • Recognize aberrant behaviors that might indicate substance abuse/misuse/addiction
  • Select an assessment tool to monitor aberrant behaviors
  • Address aberrant behaviors appropriately through modifications in treatment structure

OpioidRisk Trains Clinicians to:

  • Recognize and differentiate aberrant behaviors and address those that are drug-related
  • Monitor patients during ongoing pain treatment for substance use problems
  • Order and interpret urine drug tests
  • Coordinate care of a patient seeing multiple clinicians for chronic pain
  • Utilize appropriate treatment structure and/or referral if a patient with pain develops substance use problems
  • Manage the chronic pain of a person with a high risk of substance abuse

What is Offered

  • Provides up to 4 hours of instruction on clinical skills training using examples from pain & addiction patients. Completion Certificate Available (Accreditation Pending)
  • Created for health professionals
  • Trains in core interpersonal and professional competencies
  • Expert reviewed

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.

Case-Illustrated
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.

Case-Illustrated
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.


Program developed entirely with funding from NIDA Grant #HHSN271200800012C. Clinical Tools, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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