Misconceptions about pain management, specifically opioid misuse, are all too common. At PBI, we teach from the philosophy that a personalized approach to pain management, combined with diligent documentation, follow-up, and careful monitoring achieve the safest and most effective pain relief for patients. Some of the major concepts taught in our courses that support this philosophy are as follows:
- Clinicians must understand the basic elements of addiction and the fundamental differences between physical dependence and addiction
- Clinicians need to know their patient. This includes understanding how to asses them for risk factors for misuse potential, especially assessing them for behavioral health issues that may predispose them to misuse.
- Opioids can be effective as part of a well-tuned treatment plan for compliant and functional patients who are benefiting from their dosage.
- Treatment plans should typically include other modalities as needed, such as physical therapy, behavioral health evaluation and counseling, interventional treatments, etc.
- Clinicians must be diligent about their documentation including why they made their dosage and treatment decisions
Clinicians graduate their course with a clear and detailed plan about what they will do differently and how to implement safer practices right away.
What kinds of issues are addressed in a prescribing course?
- Inappropriate or unsafe prescribing of CDS
- Inadequate treatment and management of patients with chronic pain
- Documentation that does not comply with laws and regulations
- Poor understanding of drug dependence, addiction, and abuse potential
The purpose of these courses are to
- Fulfill regulatory board/agency, employer, or professional school mandates for educational interventions
- Put prescribing laws and regulations into clinical practice for the safe and effective use of opioids and controlled substances
- Produce and maintain medical records that document compliance with prescribing laws as well as appropriate management and treatment of chronic pain
- Understand addiction and differentiate physical dependence from addiction to minimize abuse and optimize pain treatment
- Implement safer, more effective treatment with improved outcomes through the application of a comprehensive knowledge of pain medications
Course reviews and testimonials
“This is an excellent course in pain management and prescribing opioids. I have taken other courses that have not come close to the amount of information I learned here today. I wish that I taken this course years ago.”
“Fantastic conference!!! Should be given in Medical Schools and required by our State Boards. It will certainly improve my overall patient care and help me develop safer prescribing and documentation habits.”
“This was a great course. I came into the weekend unhappy as my lawyer had told me that I should go to a course on this topic, but am very thankful I came. Thank you for taking the time to assist other care providers.”
“Thank you! This was probably the most valuable and meaningful CME I’ve ever done in terms of satisfying professional obligations, enlarging my knowledge base, and growing personally. The faculty was wonderful – thank you so much for a really great experience.”
“I feel this course was excellent and very eye-opening. I have become aware of so many areas that I was falling short and have plans to implement new risk management and patient care initiatives as soon as a I get home.”