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Acute Opioid Prescribing Module: Information, guidelines and best practices




Online, Queen's University
68 Barrie St, Kingston, Ontario, K7L3N6, Canada

This free certified and accredited module (open to the public) is available until February 2020.  

Upon registration you will be given access to "community resources" where the module is hosted.

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Program Description

It’s almost impossible to open a news or social media feed these days without there being some reference to the opioid crisis, whether it’s local, provincial, national or international. Physicians and healthcare practitioners involved in acute care, play an incredibly important role in shaping the way in which opioids are prescribed and used by patients in both acute, and chronic, pain management. As we’ll see, any prescription may have longer term consequences for your patients in terms of risk of overuse, dependency, abuse, and ultimately, morbidity. Acute opioid prescribing is an important issue, one with major health impacts. This module will be a valuable insight into the role of opioids in acute pain management strategies.   Throughout this module, we’ll provide links to a broad range of additional information, opportunities to apply and test your knowledge.   

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the origins of the current opioid use and overuse crisis, and the role of physician prescribing behaviour in its development and expansion.
  • Explain the role of responsible opioid prescribing in acute pain management in mediating downstream positive and negative outcomes.
  •  Identify currently applicable guidelines related to the issuing of opioid prescriptions within acute care contexts.
  • Utilize the “3 Ps” as a method for ensuring appropriate therapeutic strategies in acute pain management.
  • Describe the importance of monitoring opioid prescribing behaviour for residents under supervision, and intervening constructively as required to facilitate good prescribing practices.
  • Identify methods to actively support beneficial changes in overall opioid prescribing behaviour at both an individual, and institutional, level.

Credits for Family Physicians:
This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Queen's University for up to 0.75 Mainpro+ credits. 

Credits for Specialists:
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Queen’s University.(Maximum number of hours: 0.75)