Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration


Opioid use for pain management has increased substantially in recent decades. Unfortunately, so have the rates of misuse and overdose deaths. Careful medication selection and monitoring are crucial components of chronic pain management strategies, especially for patients continuously using opioids to manage chronic pain. In this session, experts will review strategies for pharmacists to collaborate with the health care team to support safe and effective pain management.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify mechanisms for collaboration between pharmacists and prescribers to minimize opioid misuse, while ensuring that patients with legitimate needs have access to opioids. 
  2. Describe effective communication strategies between pharmacists and prescribers to optimize care and minimize patient risk.
  3. Describe policies around PDMP use and other mechanisms being used to manage risk and diversion and support appropriate medication use.
Felicity Homsted,
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacy Management and Professional Leadership
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Music City Center - Room 101C-D
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-087-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
Activity Type: