Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration

Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration

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Opioid use for pain management has increased substantially in recent decades. Unfortunately, so have the rates of misuse and overdose deaths. Careful medication selection and monitoring are crucial components of chronic pain management strategies, especially for patients continuously using opioids to manage chronic pain. In this session, experts will review strategies for pharmacists to collaborate with the health care team to support safe and effective pain management.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. Identify mechanisms for collaboration between pharmacists and prescribers to minimize opioid misuse, while ensuring that patients with legitimate needs have access to opioids. 
  2. Describe effective communication strategies between pharmacists and prescribers to optimize care and minimize patient risk.
  3. Describe policies around PDMP use and other mechanisms being used to manage risk and diversion and support appropriate medication use.

    Activity type: Knowledge-based

    Learning level: 2

    Audience: Pharmacists 

    Accreditation Information

    The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this activity is 0202-0000-18-087-H04-P.  

    To obtain credit for "Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration," complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

    APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

    Individuals who participated in the live version of this activity held March 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tennesse may NOT receive credit for the home-study version of this activity.

    Initial release date: March 16, 2018
    Expiration date: March 16, 2021 NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


    "Teaming Up for Safer Pain Management: Strategies for Effective Collaboration is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


    Felicity Homsted, PharmD, BPLA and Noah Nesin, MD declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this program, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

    Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association.

    System Requirements

    Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.