This 1-hour on-demand module covers different types of stigma that may affect patients seeking treatment for pain or substance use disorder, including structural stigma, social stigma, and self-stigma and how to mitigate stigma.
This module is part of The ASAM Pain & Addiction Essentials, a series of 6 online modules that cover the foundations of pain and addiction including the science, stigma, screening and assessment, treatment, and interdisciplinary approaches. All modules can be taken together as a full 6-hour course or can be taken individually to fill learner knowledge gaps in pain and addiction topics.
Learners looking for more advanced topics in pain and addiction should register for the Applied Skills Workshop (intermediate level) or the Common Threads Course (advanced level), learn more at https://elearning.asam.org/PainAddictionCourses
The target audience for this module includes: primary care physicians, fellows in training and residents, providers who are new to addiction medicine or are early in their career, and other members of the care team who are looking for introductory topics on pain and addiction.
This session addresses the following ACGME Competencies: Medical Knowledge, Systems Based Practice.
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
• Define the types of stigma that may affect patients seeking treatment for pain or substance use disorder, including structural stigma, social stigma, and self-stigma
• Examine the impact that the stigma associated with substance use disorder and chronic pain has on individuals, especially as a deterrent to seeking or continuing treatment
• Recognize how bias and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, and other qualities may influence patient outcomes in people seeking treatment for pain and substance use disorder
• Recognize how common, stigmatizing language regarding addiction and pain treatment can affect people's perceptions of substance use disorder or chronic pain conditions
• Identify ways to address and mitigate stigma, especially through the use of nonstigmatizing language