Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Pain and Best Practices for Managing Acute Pain

This lecture provides medical professionals with clinical practice guidelines based on the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. Key topics include: clarification of misapplications from prior CDC opioid prescribing guidelines, highlights health disparities related to pain, considerations of opioids or non-opioid alternative medications, general recommendations for opioid prescribing and continuation of opioid therapy.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational initiative, the learner should be better able to:

  • Describe and apply knowledge in approaches to acute pain management
  • Recall and demonstrate knowledge of management of chronic pain including the role of long-term opioid therapy
  • Describe and apply knowledge of recommendations for clinical prescribing of long-term opioid therapy
  • Recall and calculate morphine milligram equivalents (MME) in order to prescribe safer dosages of opioids
  • Identify high-risk patients and prescribe naloxone to these patients to prevent risk of overdose death
  • Understand and describe non-opioid acute pain therapy options and have access to resources and tools to assist in managing postoperative acute pain
  • Describe and apply knowledge of the Rhode Island regulations pertaining to acute pain management in opioid naïve patience and naloxone co-prescription requirements
  • Apply knowledge and increase utilization of the Rhode Island Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Additional Information

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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