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.
This is a free, self-paced, open-enrollment course that may be started and completed at any time. A version of this course providing Continuing Education credit is also available on the Boston Children’s Hospital Learning Cloud.
- Identify safe opioid prescribing practices
- Describe the neurobiological mechanisms of acute and chronic pain and how opioid medications relieve pain in these contexts
- Identify how to assess a patient's level of pain
- Develop a biopsychosocial approach to treating acute and chronic pain
- Describe approaches to medication titration based on efficacy, side effect profile, and differences in metabolism/excretion for various patients
- Describe the epidemiology of opioid misuse/abuse/dependence, including patterns of drug addiction in the clinical setting
- Identify strategies to adjust prescribing behaviors based on knowledge of patient addiction patterns
- Describe key aspects of the regulatory frameworks that govern pain medication prescription and use
- Physician Trainees
- Nurse Practitioners
David Casavant, MD
Dr. David Casavant, Dr. Charles Berde, Dr. Kim Boullard, John Costello, Steve Hoffman, Dr. Karen Kaczynski, Dr. Sharon Levy, Dr. Neil Schechter, Dr. Clifford Woolf
- Released: 10/2/2015