Pediatric Pain and Opioid Education Copy

Course Price

$115 USD

Course Length

4 hours, 10 minutes

Jointly-Accredited Versions:

Course Director

David Casavant, MD

Director, Center for Bioethics
Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital
Instructor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School

About the Course

DESCRIPTION

This program provides training in acute and chronic pain management for pediatric patients, with an emphasis on safe and effective opioid use. Topics covered include neurobiology of pain, addiction, abuse and safe opioid prescription practices, licensing, the law and opioid prescribing, treatment of chronic pain, and safe storage and disposal of medications.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

•Describe safe opioid prescribing practices
•Demonstrate safe prescribing decision-making in clinical settings
•Describe the development of neurobiological mechanisms of pain perception
•Describe the safe appropriate use of pain medications
•Describe the biological mechanisms through which pain medications function
•Correctly assess patient level of pain
•Describe the neurobiological mechanisms of normal pain perception
•Describe the clinical implications of the neurobiological mechanisms of pain perception for treating and preventing pain
•Describe the neurobiological mechanisms of chronic pain
•Describe the biological mechanisms through which pain medications function
•Demonstrate safe prescribing decision-making in clinical settings
•Describe the epidemiology of opioid misuse/abuse/dependence
•Describe patterns of drug addiction in patient behavior
•Adjust patterns of prescriptions based on knowledge of addiction patterns
•Detect patterns of drug addiction in patient behavior
•Describe key aspects of the regulatory frameworks that govern pain medication prescription and use
•Describe strategies for treatment of chronic pain
•Describe effective communication strategies for assessing and treating pain
•Describe differences in metabolism and excretion based on patient age and level of development
•Describe approaches to titration of medication based on efficacy and side effect profile

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