Management of Chronic Pain

Estimated time to complete session: 45 min.

Learning Objectives

1. Cite the 2016 CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
2. List several illnesses and conditions associated with chronic pain.
3. Identify mechanisms for quantifying pain.
4. Recognize potential challenges in the management of chronic pain.
5. State the types of behavioral therapies that are effective options for patients with chronic pain
6. Describe pharmacologic therapy of chronic pain, including the rational use of opioids.
7. Describe opiate side effects and withdrawal.
8. Identify the differences between tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, and pseudoaddiction.
9. Identify key facts regarding urine drug testing.
10. List elements of a pain management (informed consent & treatment) agreement as recommended by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

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Course summary
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  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed
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Gary I. Levine, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, The Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina, Greenville, North Carolina

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  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed

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