Assessing Benefits and Harms of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain
This is the third webinar in a COCA Call series about CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. To view a list of other webinars in the series, visit the opioid call series overview webpage
Date:Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington
Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA
Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Director, Pain Fellowship
University of Washington
Although evidence supports short-term effectiveness of opioids to treat pain, there is insufficient data that long-term use of opioids effectively treats chronic pain. In fact, long-term use of opioids in high doses can contribute to opioid-use disorder and overdose. Therefore, long-term opioid therapy should only be used when the benefits outweigh the risks. During this COCA Call, presenters will explore a case study on how recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain were used to ascertain the associated benefits and risks when a patient with fibromyalgia was prescribed oxycodone following a motor vehicle crash.
- Describe the evidence for the benefits and harms of opioid therapy for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative, and end-of-life care.
- Review methods for setting goals for pain management with patients.
- Summarize factors that increase risk for harm and how to assess for such factors.
- Review methods for assessing patients’ pain and function, and for conducting appropriate follow-up.
CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and Related Materials
- MMWR: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016
- JAMA Special Communication: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Guideline Resources: Clinical Tools
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)
CDC Vital Signs
CDC Injury Prevention and Control
- CDC Prescription Drug Overdose
- Prescription Drug Overdose: What Health Care Providers Need to Know about the Epidemic
- Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States
Other Agency Resources
- The White House - Office of National Drug Control Policy: Opioid Abuse in the United States[471KB]
- NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs)
- Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment
- Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies
- CMS Improvements to Medicare Drug and Health Plans
- SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- PDMP Center of Excellence, Brandeis University
- Audio conference call on 8/03/16: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
- Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM EDT on 8/03/16
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