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360º Feedback: Calibrating Pain & Addiction Management

Saturday, May 18th, 2013 7:15 AM – 2:45 PM (EST)

Target Audience: This activity is intended for all physicians. There are no prerequisites.

Balancing effective pain management with the increasing prevalence of addiction and drug use disorders poses a complex and often misunderstood challenge in medical care. Often overlooked, both pain and addiction management can be frustrating aspects of clinical care due to lack of provider training, legal concerns, and time constraints in patient care. On one hand patients may hide their use of controlled substances from providers; on the other patients disclosing true pain may not be receiving appropriate medical care. Either way the imbalance leads to addiction being the number one cause of preventable illness and death in the United States and at the same time a chronic pain management burden which outweighs many common chronic care diseases including diabetes and heart disease combined. This CME program will give the provider effective strategies to comprehend, recognize, refer, and treat patients experiencing pain and/or addiction in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Using multi-disciplinary strategies, providers will understand how to effectively execute a plan appropriate for care of patients needing pain management or addiction management services.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand pain management as a chronic care condition and its appropriate management in the in and outpatient setting
  • Understand the etiologies of addiction and challenges of recovery from a patient’s viewpoint.
  • Understand the basic principles of opioid maintenance and refer patients misusing opioids to methadone and buprenorphine treatment;
  • Develop effective strategies to prevent diversion and addiction while meeting the needs of patients with pain;
  • Understand Legal Responsibilities to Prevent Diversion and Abuse When Prescribing Controlled Substances;
  • Develop integrative and multidisciplinary approaches to care for patient with chronic pain or addiction.

Course Director: Joshua S. Coren, DO, MBA, FACOFP, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Director of CME at UMDNJ SOM

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