CDC developed an interactive training series for Health Care Providers on Prescribing Opioids to support implementation of CDC’s 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain .
This series helps health care providers apply CDC’s prescribing recommendations in the clinical settings through interactive patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources. Each module is self-paced and offers free continuing education credit.
CDC Training by Module
Module 1: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations from the CDC . The module presents an overview of the CDC Guideline, explains the rationale for the Guideline’s creation, highlights key recommendations and describes the benefits of implementing the Guideline.
Module 2: Treating Chronic Pain without Opioids . The module presents providers with various options for managing chronic pain, giving them the tools they need to identify appropriate nonopioid medications and nonpharmacologic treatments and facilitate a patient-centered approach.
Module 3: Communication With Patients . Providers will learn communication strategies they can use when treating chronic pain, including motivational interviewing.
Module 4: Reducing the Risks of Opioids . Learn the best risk mitigation strategies and when to employ them when prescribing an opioid.
Module 5: Assessing and Addressing an Opioid Use Disorder . Learn methods for assessing and addressing a suspected opioid use disorder.
Module 6: Dosing and Titration of Opioids: How Much, How Long, and How and When to Stop? Learn methods for properly dosing and titrating opioids in order to reduce risk of opioid use disorder and overdose.
Module 7: Determining Whether to Initiate Opioids for Chronic Pain Learn mechanisms for deciding if opioids should be prescribed, and next steps for treatment – whether opioid or non-opioid treatments are selected.
Module 8: Implementing CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines into Clinical Practice Learn quality improvement strategies and tools to help incorporate Guideline recommendations into clinical workflow.
Module 9: Opioid Use and Pregnancy Learn about unique considerations that come with opioid use during pregnancy, and best practices for providing care for both the mother and baby.
Module 10: Motivational Interviewing Focus on the use of motivational interviewing during the management and treatment of chronic pain, which can enhance patients’ motivation to change behaviors relative to chronic pain conditions. The content includes principles, steps, and best practices.
Module 11: Collaborative Patient-Provider Relationship in Opioid Clinical Decision Making Learn ways to strengthen the provider-patient relationship and coordinate care with other specialist to support shared-decision making in the use of opioids for chronic pain.