CME Webcast

Chronic Opioid Therapy Webcast

For AAFP members only

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Chronic pain management is a public health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief.  

Watch this hour-long presentation and earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. This activity is free for AAFP members.

Enhance your patient care today and earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® (t2p) process.

About the Webcast

Learning Objectives

After completing this CME activity, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate patients presenting with chronic nonterminal pain to assess for potential opioid responsiveness and opioid risk.
  • 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.
  • Utilize state Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs), patient prescriber agreements, patient counseling documents, an documented urine drug screening to minimize physician liability when prescribing opioids.

Original release date of webcast: May 27, 2016

Presenting Faculty

David T. Walsworth, MD, FAAFP, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs & Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

CME Credit

This enduring material activity, Chronic Opioid Therapy, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins May 27, 2016. Term of approval is for two years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Following this CME activity, participants have the opportunity to earn two additional credits by participating in a Translation to Practice® exercise. Information on Translation to Practice® (t2p™) will be shared within the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual using this material and for all claims that might arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person. Physicians may care to check specific details such as drug doses and contraindications, etc., in standard sources prior to clinical application. This material might contain recommendations/guidelines developed by other organizations. Please note that although these guidelines might be included, this does not necessarily imply the endorsement by the AAFP.

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