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Pain Evaluation During Infancy Thru Adolescence: TReatment Impact and Considerations

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other healthcare providers who are involved in the assessment and treatment of pain in children.

Program Overview

The Opioid Analgesic REMS is designed to ensure that the benefits of opioid analgesics outweigh the risks. The goal of this actvity is to address this need by providing education to the healthcare team on the treatment and monitoring or patients who are experiencing pain and who are younger than 18 years old.

Through education, the healthcare team will have an improved understanding of how to manage their pain and the role of opioid analgesics along with non-pharmacologic and non-opioid analgesics in pain management for pediatric patients. This activity will also provide information about the risks of opioids and use of other therapies, which is intended to assist HCPs in reducing adverse outcomes of addiction/substance use disorder, unintentional overdose, and death resulting from inappropriate prescribing and misuse of opioid analgesics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain fundamental concepts of pain management, including definitions and mechanisms of pain
  • Assess patients with pain and identify potential risk factors for abuse and addiction
  • Describe the range of therapeutic options for managing pain, including non-pharmacologic approaches and pharmacologic (non-opioid and opioid analgesics) therapies
  • Integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan, individualized to meet the needs of the patient
  • Discuss safe and effective management of patients on opioid analgesics in the acute and chronic pain settings, including initiating therapy, titrating, and discontinuing use of opioid analgesics, if appropriate and necessary
  • Counsel patients and caregivers on the safe use of opioid analgesics, including proper storage and disposal
  • Counsel patients and caregivers about the use of naloxone for opioid overdose
  • Refer patients to a pain specialist, as appropriate
  • Describe the fundamental elements of addiction medicine
  • Identify and manage patients with opioid use disorders

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