Learning Objectives

By the completion of this session, the student will be able to:

  1. Delineate indications for opioid use in acute, chronic and cancer-related pain in adults
  2. Define tolerance and physical dependence.
  3. Identify potential benefits, requirements, and contraindications for opioid use
  4. Compare and contrast the availability of opioids in developed and under-developed countries, identifying specific barriers to accessing improved pain care
  5. List 3 indications for opioids use and exhibit an appreciation for the suffering that results from scarcity of pain treatments 
  6. Identify characteristics of specific opioids currently in use in their hospital
  7. Outline methods for monitoring for abuse appropriate to adults and children
  8. Describe tools for screening for abuse and mis-use, as well as the nature of opioid treatment contracts and the role of urine drug testing
  9. Recognize common patterns of diversion, as well as mis-use and chemical coping
  10. Describe the biopsychosocial etiology of chronic pain presentations in patients
  11. Discuss the impact of chronic pain on patients and other people in their environment
  12. Verbalize various aspects of an individualized multi-modal treatment plan as based on a patient’s history and examination.


Dr. Beth Murinson

Dr. R. Sam Mayer

Dr. Stuart Grossman

Dr. Sabine Kost-Byerly

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