Pathways to Safer Opioid Use
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.
Get CPE or CME Credit
If you would like to receive continuing education credit after completing Pathways, please complete the appropriate post-test.
- See how to get continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit
For medical professionals:
The physician portion of this course has been approved for 1 CME. You can earn 4 CME for taking all four scenarios in the course which in addition to the physician module provides insight into the nurse, patient and pharmacist role in the appropriate, safe and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.
See how to get continuing medical education (CME) credit