The AAFP is arming family physicians with the latest resources to best combat the opioid abuse epidemic, which now include a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy.
These resources are exactly what AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, Pa., promised in a Leader Voices blog post last month.
"Family physicians are dedicated to being a part of the solution to help slow this national crisis, and the AAFP is dedicated to providing our members the latest information to refresh our knowledge on opioids and pain management," Filer told AAFP News. "I would encourage us all to review carefully these valuable new members-only resources."
- The AAFP offers members its latest opioid resources including a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy.
- The toolkit helps family physicians identify gaps in practice flow, standardize evaluation and treatment of chronic pain patients, and facilitate conversations on pain and treatment goals, as well as identify and mitigate risk.
- The webcast covers how to best develop an evidence-based treatment plan that involves the appropriate selection of an initial opioid, and continuous monitoring and adjustment for tapering, discontinuation, alternative therapies or referral to a pain subspecialist.
Chronic Pain Management Toolkit
Because chronic pain is a complex health issue that requires a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment approach, family physicians need appropriate tools to bolster their efforts. The new chronic pain management toolkit fills this need and is designed to help family physicians identify gaps in practice flow, standardize evaluation and treatment of chronic pain patients, and facilitate conversations on pain and treatment goals, as well as identify and mitigate risk.
The toolkit includes an action plan, pain inventory, work questionnaire, patient-physician medication agreement, opioid risk tool and links to additional AAFP and external resources for physicians. These tools can be used together or separately, depending on practice need. And everything included in the toolkit is consistent with key recommendations in the CDC and Federation of State Medical Boards guidelines.
Additional toolkit resources include links to current opioid guidelines and policies, journal articles and patient education materials.
This toolkit is a dynamic resource and will evolve as more resources are added in order to provide the most up-to-date information to Academy members. The content has been reviewed by members, and additional materials have already been suggested to help meet the needs of various practice environments.
Chronic Opioid Therapy Webcast
AAFP members have requested more CME on chronic pain management with opioids and the Academy's latest offering is a CME webcast on chronic opioid therapy that was recorded May 27. The hour-long presentation is available to members only and is worth one AAFP Prescribed credit.
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David Walsworth, M.D., associate chair for clinical affairs and associate professor in the family medicine department at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, presents the course, which teaches family physicians how to evaluate patients presenting with chronic nonterminal pain to assess for potential opioid responsiveness and opioid risk.
The session also covers how to best develop an evidence-based treatment plan that involves the appropriate selection of an initial opioid, and continuous monitoring and adjustment for tapering, discontinuation, alternative therapies or referral to a pain subspecialist.
In addition, participants will learn how to use state prescription monitoring programs, patient-prescriber agreements, patient counseling documents and documented urine drug screening to minimize physician liability when prescribing opioids.
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