Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about preventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, and patient.

In this behavior-based training using interactive video, you will learn how to:

  • Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent opioid-related ADEs
  • Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that place individuals with chronic pain at increased risk for opioid-related ADEs
  • Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to treating patients with chronic pain
  • Demonstrate the ability to combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples

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What You Need to View This Course

To view this course, you will need:

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Web browser (like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox)
  • Speakers or headphones for audio

Who Can Benefit from This Course

  • Physicians, nurses, pharmacists
  • Public health professionals, including health educators and interdisciplinary public health practitioners
  • Health professional students

How to Obtain Free Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has partnered with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to offer free continuing medical education (CME) credit for this eLearning course. You will need to complete the entire physician portion of this interactive training to be eligible for CME. In addition, you will need to complete the post-test and achieve a passing score of at least 70%; retakes are permissible. Participants are required to complete an online evaluation. All evaluations must be submitted by February 16, 2017 in order to receive continuing education credit for this activity and obtain a CME certificate.

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Medicine (CME) Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The APHA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Designation Statement: The APHA designates this web-based educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Non-Endorsement Disclaimer

As an accredited Provider of Continuing Education (CE) Credits for the Health Education Specialist (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Medicine (CME), and Public Health (CPH), the American Public Health Association Learning and Professional Development Programs (LPDP) Unit and its respective Continuing Education accrediting organizations do not endorse any products or services that are displayed or referred to in conjunction with this activity and are not responsible for the actual presentation of content during scientific sessions.

There is no involvement of commercial or sponsor support for this educational activity.

Policy on Disclosures to Learners

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) strives to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational programs. All planners, faculty members, moderators, discussants, panelists, and presenters participating in this program have been required to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of this program. This includes relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. The intent of this policy is to identify openly any conflict of interest so that attendees may form their own judgments about the presentation with full disclosure of the facts. In addition, faculty is expected to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, and/or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentation. Disclosures, Conflict of Interest (COI) and Resolution of COI policies are available.

The following planners have no conflict of interest to disclose as it relates to this educational activity: Roger Chou, MD; COL Trinka Coster, MD, MPH; Sharon Hertz, MD; Robert Kerns, PhD; Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD; Linda Porter, PhD; Briana Rider, PharmD; and David Thomas, PhD.

Resource Library Disclaimer

This training contains a Resource Library that provides hyperlinks to additional information healthcare providers can reference to help prevent opioid-related adverse drug events. The inclusions of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the linked training resources or the information, products, or services contained therein. HHS does not exercise any control over the content of these sites.

Disclaimer on Product Intent

This dramatization was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with subject matter experts from various disciplines and sectors. It is intended to increase awareness of the risks of opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs) and the opportunities for preventing such ADEs. It is not intended to reflect common clinical care.

Certain scenes demonstrate a worst-case scenario of how lapses in medical judgment, communication, and teamwork might impact patient outcomes. The intent is to provide a training tool for use by health professionals and students about patient safety concepts, rather than provide an accurate or comprehensive algorithm for treating chronic pain.

Terminology Disclaimer

While some terminology used in this training may be considered stigmatizing or improper (e.g., addict, substance abuse, mental case, etc.), it is recognized that these terms are commonly used by the lay public. The intent of this training is for healthcare providers understand the perspective of patients living with chronic pain. ODPHP does not advocate the use of such terms by healthcare professionals.

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