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About SCOPE

What is the SCOPE of Pain?

SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. Our program consists of:

The FDA has mandated manufacturers of extended release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics, as part of a comprehensive Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), to make available comprehensive prescriber education in the safe use of these medications based on the FDA curriculum known as the Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended Release and Long-Acting Opioid(ER/LA) Analgesics. Our curriculum covers all aspects of this blueprint and more to provide a comprehensive educational program.

Who is this for?

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals

Why do I need this education?

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million in the US, making it one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care. Unfortunately, pain management, including the appropriate use of opioids, is not well covered in medical training. Moreover, there are inadequate numbers of pain management specialists to help generalist providers manage these patients.

Partly in response to the problem of under-treatment of pain, over the past decade there has been a four-fold increase in opioid prescribing. During the same time period there was a four-fold increase in unintentional opioid overdose deaths and a five-fold increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for prescription opioid addiction.

Providers who prescribe ER/LA opioid analgesics to treat chronic pain are in a key position to balance the benefits and risks of chronic opioid therapy (COT). However, providers struggle with the need to assist their patients with adequate management of chronic pain while confronting the risks associated with opioid prescribing. Our educational program looks to address that need.

Strategies for multidisciplinary, inter-professional care are addressed in this curriculum.

Top reasons to participate:

  1. Increase your confidence in the appropriate, safe and competent use of opioids when managing patients with chronic pain
  2. Be guided by expert faculty specializing in pain and addiction addressing the educational needs of providers
  3. Receive CME/CNE Accredited content addressing all FDA Blueprint curriculum
  4. Observe model provider-patient interactions around the safe use of opioids for chronic pain

Accreditation

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

These activities are sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). Our program addresses many key elements of the physician education component of the Obama Administration's prescription drug abuse prevention plan on prescriber education released in April 2011.

Disclosure of support

This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see http://ce.er-la-opioidrems.com/IwgCEUI/rems/pdf/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.

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