Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It’s based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan).
In this training, you will learn how to:
- Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand how to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs)
- Identify risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that increase people’s risk for opioid-related ADEs
- Use a multidisciplinary, team-based approach for treating patients with chronic pain
- Combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples
This training is intended for:
- Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists
- Public health professionals, including health educators and interdisciplinary public health practitioners
- Students in health-related fields
Preview the Course
Pathways begins with a 7-minute video that provides background on the principles of health literacy, patient communication, and opioid-related ADEs that are addressed in the training.
To watch the video, go to the course page and click the arrow on the right-hand side of the screen.
Take the Course
Pathways takes about an hour to complete. During the training, you will make decisions in the roles of 4 different characters (primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, and patient) who have the potential to prevent opioid-related ADEs.
- It’s not possible to save your place if you need to stop before finishing the training, so be sure to allow time to complete the training all at once.