This educational activity
presents an overview of emerging methods of acute pain control utilizing non-narcotic agents. Relieving pain is one of the most challenging, yet important responsibility in the practice of medicine. Over the last twenty years the use of opioid medications for chronic pain has skyrocketed. This has occurred despite the fact that there is little evidence that they are helpful and despite mounting evidence that they may be harmful. It is now known that opioids have the potential for misuse, abuse, and addiction. Interestingly, opioids do not stop pain, but simply dull our attention to pain. People report that the pain is still there but that it no longer matters. In the mean time maladaptive changes are occurring in their brains. In this past year, however, there have been significant changes in how we address pain. This course will explore alternative pharmacologic methods of acute pain control in hope of developing an optimal course of action to help relieve patient suffering.
Number of Credit Hours: Meridian Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. Cost: There is no cost to registrants for this educational activity
Overall Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this educational activity the participant should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the evidence for efficacy for various non-narcotic approaches to the treatment of acute pain.
2. Formulate effective implementation plans for utilizing appropriate pharmacologic non- narcotic pain relievers and other medical interventions for the treatment of pain in the clinical setting.
3. Identify reasonable options for patients with acute pain (mild - moderate without other risk factors) who decline opioid medication or are unable to tolerate narcotic medications.
Method of Participation:
This internet enduring presentation is an educational video presentation. In order to receive credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity and complete a multiple choice test at the end of the video presentation. Participants must also complete the online post-activity course evaluation form to receive credit.Accreditation
Meridian Health is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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