Monday, June 20, 2016

Two Upcoming COCA Calls

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It's been several weeks since our last COCA call, but we've two scheduled for June, with one next week (COCA Call: June 30, 2016 - Identification and Care of Patients with Hantavirus Disease) and one on Wednesday of this week (see below).

 

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Free Continuing Education

Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:

    800-779-0686 (U.S. Callers)
    1-312-470-0194  (International Callers)

Passcode:3377346

Participate by Webinar: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW8523104&p=3377346&t=c
Presenter(s)

Deborah Dowell, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tamara Haegerich, PhD
Deputy Associate Director for Science
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David J. Tauben, MD, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor and Chief
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Washington
 

Overview

The amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. quadrupled from 1999-2014. Unfortunately, opioid-related overdose deaths have increased in parallel with prescribing increases, and the amount of pain that patients report remains unchanged. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain provides recommendations for safer and more effective prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in patients 18 and older in outpatient settings outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. During this COCA Call, clinicians will hear an overview of the CDC recommendations and learn when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued.
 

Objectives

  • Describe what is known about effectiveness and risks of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.
  • Discuss how to determine when opioids should be initiated or continued for chronic pain, and when should they be discontinued.
  • Discuss recommendations for opioid selection and dosage for chronic pain.
  • Describe strategies that can be used to assess risk and address harms of opioid use.



Primarily of interest to clinicians and healthcare providers, COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices. 


COCA calls are archived on the CDC's website, and may be accessed HERE within a few days of airing.  Older presentations - going back to 2012 - are also available at that link


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