Treating pain and addiction is a complex topic that many providers struggle to understand. This 1-hour on-demand module is the first of two in the Essentials Online series that focuses on treatment approaches for pain and addiction. This module will focus on pharmacological treatment options while the next module, Module 5, will focus on nonpharmacological treatment options. Together, these two modules will provide guidance for practitioners to develop evidence-based treatment plans for patients with pain and addiction in alignment with the patient's treatment goals, communicate with the patient about the treatment plan, and manage and monitor patient progress effectively. Specifically, Module 4 will discuss options for non-opioid and opioid pharmacological management of chronic pain, drug monitoring, limitations of the pharmacological approach, and treating acute pain.
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: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement.
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
• Apply principles of patient-centered and trauma-informed communication to engage and motivate patients in establishing goals for the treatment of their pain and addiction
• Explain options and considerations for non-opioid pharmacological management of pain in patients with pain and addiction
• Explain options and considerations for opioid pharmacological management of pain in patients with pain and addiction
• Summarize aspects of a comprehensive and ongoing monitoring program for patients using opioids and other controlled substances
• Discuss a rationale for a multimodal approach to treatment, given the limitations of a medication-only approach to the treatment of pain and addiction