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Online training


This online activity is meant to be taken sequentially, see the steps below.

  1. Register
  2. Online modules 1 and 2
    After registering you can then participate in each of the 2 online modules. Each online module consists of an interview with an expert in the field of pain management and opioid prescribing.
  3. Post-assessment survey
    There is a post-test after each module. You will be able to receive your continuing education certificate after you complete both modules and receive a 70% or better score on each post-test.
  4. Follow-up online survey
    There will also be an online follow-up survey distributed two months after completion of the program.

What is this online training about?

SCOPE of Pain is an online educational program that will help you safely and competently use opioids, if appropriate, to manage your patients with chronic pain. Through the case of Mary Williams, a 42-year-old with painful diabetic neuropathy and chronic low back pain, you'll learn how to:

  1. Decide on appropriateness of opioid analgesics
  2. Assess for opioid misuse risk;
  3. Counsel patients about opioid safety, risks and benefits;
  4. Competently monitor patients prescribed opioids for benefit and harm;
  5. Make decisions on continuing or discontinuing opioid analgesics; and
  6. Safely discontinue opioids when there is too little benefit or too much risk and harm

Offered in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), this program addresses the FDA mandate to manufacturers of extended release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics, by providing comprehensive prescriber education in the safe use of these medications. It also 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. This program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant awarded by the manufacturers of ER/LA opioid analgesics, known as the REMS Program Companies (RPC).

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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