“I’ll be going out of town next week,” says Mrs. Johnson, “so I’m hoping you can refill my prescription today.” Mrs. Johnson is a long-term patient whom you trust, but this is her second request for an early refill of oxycodone. How should you evaluate her request in light of the 16,000 unintended deaths each year from prescription opioid analgesics?
Every touch point with a patient is an opportunity to consider risks of opioid therapy and to realign management towards best health outcomes. This one-hour webinar offers an ethical framework for evaluation that will also help you to engage patients in conversations that build partnership. You’ll hear examples of dialogue that squarely addresses high-risk situations and options for tapering or alternative treatment.
Please note that the resources included with this course were current at the time of the review in February 2018.
Michael Schiesser, MD, Internal Medicine, Bellevue, is a widely accomplished and respected physician leader. He is a national expert in issues of pain care, addiction medicine, and evolving standards of care in clinical delivery involving controlled substances. His patient advocacy resulted in changes in Washington State law, state licensing commission rules, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning collaboration with the Seattle Times.
Dr. Schiesser has authored and delivered pain and addiction-related education to thousands of physicians across the United States. His areas of expertise include laboratory industry, regulatory policy, health administration, and legislative affairs.
Neither the presenter nor the planners for this activity have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The following medications for withdrawal are mentioned in this
CME activity but are not labeled for the use under discussion:
• Clonidine 0.1 mg for sweats
• Hydroxyzine 25 mg for sleep or anxiety qid
• Pramipexole 0.125 mg for restless leg symptoms
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