Implementing the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Open this course Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour Audience: Providers
Credits Available: AMAAAPAANCCASWBACPECPH UAN #JA4008162-9999-20-2374-H01-P
Activity Release Date: October 8, 2020 Expiration Date: October 7, 2021

This module will review the 2018 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The module presents clinical takeaways associated with the information in the Guidelines. The module will address strategies for utilizing the Guidelines in practice when initiating, dosing, selecting, continuing, and discontinuing opioids for chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the historical background and rationale for the CDC chronic opioid guidelines
  • Discuss when to initiate, continue or discontinue opioids for chronic pain
  • Plan how to select an opioid, dose, and follow persons on chronic opioid treatment
  • Outline strategies for risk assessment and addressing harms of opioid use