Activity ID



April 4, 2027

Format Type


CME Credit



$25 per module

CME Provider: American College of Physicians

Description of CME Course

Chronic pain affects over 50 million people in the US and 1.5 billion world-wide. This is the sixth of a series of 9 interactive modules on Pain Management; 7 didactic modules and 2 modules of case studies. Using current evidence-based approaches, these modules address pain assessment, diagnostic differentials, treatment plans, and patient-centered communication. Modules can be viewed independent of each other. This module 6 will teach learners when to prescribe opioids for the treatment of pain, including how to initiate and adjust opioid therapy, how to identify and mitigate side effects and risks, when and how to taper, and how to discontinue safely.

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Educational Objectives

1. Discuss when it is appropriate to consider prescribing opioids for pain, comparing indications for acute versus chronic pain.
2. Outline a plan for initiating opioids in opioid-naïve patients, for selecting opioids and formulations, and for subsequently adjusting opioids when needed (including how to manage acute pain in patients on chronic opioid therapy and how to manage specific opioids and special situations).
3. Identify common side effects from opioids as well as potential strategies to mitigate side effects.
4. Avoid excessive prescribing and monitor patients to reduce risk of opioid use disorder and drug diversion.
5. Screen for and recognize opioid use disorder, and arrange necessary therapy.
6.. Decide when to consider tapering opioids and how to do so safely.


"Opioid pharmacology"; "Safer opioid prescribing"; Treatment agreements"; "Tapering"


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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