Part 1: Understanding the Fundamentals of Pain

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Overview / Abstract:

Target Audience
This activity is designed specifically for primary care clinicians, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare team.

Program Overview
Pain is a pervasive problem in the United States that poses many challenges to clinicians and patients. The potential for opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction contributes to the complexity of appropriate pain management. This CME/CE activity, which is Part 1 of a three-part series titled Tackling the Opioid Crisis: Strategies to Improve Best Practices and Patient Outcomes, will review the physiologic mechanisms of both acute and chronic pain. Appropriate tools for pain assessment, evidence-based strategies for recognizing opioid use disorder, and ways to connect patients with support or treatment will also be addressed.

This activity meets most states’ requirements for opioid education and is fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) education requirement issued by the FDA in September 2018.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

Discuss strategies and services needed to improve the care and management of pain
Utilize appropriate tools to assess treatment response, adverse events, adherence, and signs of aberrant drug-related behaviors


Oct 15, 2022


Physician CME



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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Michael J. Brennan, MD
Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD
Dana E. King, MD (Moderator)

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies

Keywords / Search Terms

Relias LLC Relias, Free CME, Pain, Opioid Free CE CME

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