Activity ID



July 1, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



subscription based

CME Provider: Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association

Description of CME Course

As stated by Dowell, Haegerich & Chou, 2016 The “Rates of opioid prescribing vary greatly across states in ways that cannot be explained by the underlying health status of the population highlighting the lack of consensus among clinicians on how to use opioid pain medication.” “Primary care clinicians report having concerns about opioid pain medication misuse, find managing patients with chronic pain stressful, express concern about patient addiction, and report insufficient training in prescribing opioids.”

Dowell, D., Haegerich, T. M., Chou, R., CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016; 65(1):1-48

Knowledge Need: We provide a straight forward way for administrators to gain an understanding of current provider knowledge of the CDC Guideline for prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (hereafter referred to as “The Guidelines”).

Competence Need: Upfront assessment identifies targets for further education. Health care professionals practice initiating challenging conversations with patients about managing chronic pain with opioids and what to consider with this treatment option.

Performance Need: Clinical variation drives high cost and poor outcomes. This product focuses on helping learners understand best practice when prescribing opioids that they can then draw upon in their practice.

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Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the background and rational for why the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain were created.
2. Define the clinical evidence supporting The Guidelines.
3. Apply contextual evidence relating to the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic treatments, benefits and harms of opioid therapy, values, preferences and resource allocation related to prescribing opioids.
4. Assess the recommendations for the selection and prescription of opioids as well as how to evaluate the risks and address the harms of opioid use and discontinuing use.


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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