Applying CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids: Module 3: Communicating with Patients (Web Based)

This module will increase clinicians` knowledge of CDC recommended strategies for communicating effectively with patients about pain management and opioid use. Learners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge regarding the importance of communicating relevant information to their patients, how to apply motivational interviewing to encourage changes in chronic pain management and use of opioids, how to find common ground with patients managing chronic pain, and how to properly address conflicts that sometimes arise.

Please refer to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain for additional information as needed during this training.

Target Audience

The following training is targeted towards physicians, registered nurses, and other professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • New research-based information that includes the need for improved communication and re-evaluation of treatment options for patients experiencing pain
  • Effective communication strategies for finding common ground with patients regarding benefits and harms of opioids
  • Strategies that help resolve conflicts with patients being treated for chronic pain by emphasizing patient safety, remaining patient-centered and focused on a cooperative treatment plan

Additional Information

Training and Continuing Education Online
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.60 ANCC
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Course expires: 

Continuing Medical Education for Physicians (CME):

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this Enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Continuing Nursing Education for Nurses (CNE):

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 0.6 contact hours.

IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU):

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.60 ANCC
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This course is offered through Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO). 

To take this course you will be redirected to TCEO's website. You must login or create an account with TCEO in order to complete this activity. 

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OpioidsPrescribingCDC Guideline,  Pain Management