Dialing Down Opioids in Five Steps

Description

For some chronic pain patients on opioids, especially those who have been taking opioids for many years, the risks of treatment must be balanced with the benefits. When the balance is in question, there should be an effort to taper, discontinue, or deprescribe in an effort to find the lowest effective dose and prevent withdrawal symptoms. What factors influence this decision? What do you need to know for your patients? Find out here as experts discuss the considerations and offer a holistic approach for safe, effective tapering.

This session is part of the Trending Topics in Ambulatory Care series and  provides a robust preparatory curriculum for the high-level pharmacy professional planning to take the BCACP examination or for those seeking BCACP recertification credit.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify clinical factors to consider when assessing whether an opioid tapering regimen is appropriate.  
  2. Use soft skills to manage difficult conversations related to opioid therapy for chronic pain.   
  3. Apply best practice tools for chronic pain management.  
  4. Develop a novel, empathy-driven approach to chronic pain discussion focused on deescalating, discontinuing, or deprescribing opioid therapy.   

 

Technician Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify clinical factors to consider when assessing whether an opioid tapering regimen is appropriate.  
  2. Use soft skills to manage difficult conversations related to opioid therapy for chronic pain.   
  3. Apply best practice tools for chronic pain management.  
  4. Develop a novel, empathy-driven approach to chronic pain discussion focused on deescalating, discontinuing, or deprescribing opioid therapy.   
 
 
 
Speakers:
Lee
Lee Kral, PharmD
Clincal Assistant Professor
U of Iowa
 
Thomas
Thomas Franko, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
 
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Ambulatory Care
Session Time Slot(s): 
Date: 
Saturday, March 21
Time: 
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Room: 
Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor 12-13
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
CEUs Pharmacy Technician: 0.15
Activity Type:
Application-based