The Route to Successful Opioid Tapering Explored at PAINWeek Workshop

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New Half-Day Workshop at PAINWeek 2018 Will Share Findings on Evidence based Patient-Centered Approach to Opioid Reduction

many patients are open to a tapering pathway if it is presented to them compassionately and in a patient-centered way. Our results show that tapering methods matter greatly

At PAINWeek 2018, the program agenda will be augmented with 4 registration-only, limited attendance workshops designed to provide an in-depth examination of critical topics in pain management. The half- and full-day workshops will be led by senior PAINWeek faculty teams, and require a supplemental conference registration fee.

On Tuesday afternoon, September 4, Patient-Centered Opioid Reduction will introduce critical behavioral and medical aspects of an evidence-based patient centered approach to voluntary opioid reduction, including transforming the messaging in the clinic environment, using the right approach and language, partnering with patients, setting them up for success with a tapering schedule, and helping patients feel and be in control. Both provider-level and clinic-level strategies will be discussed. This interactive workshop will be led by Beth Darnall, PhD, Ming-Chih Kao, PhD, MD, and Richard Stieg, MD, MpH, whose research on this topic was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on their successful preliminary studies, they received national funding to implement a patient-centered voluntary opioid reduction in primary care and pain clinics in 4 states. Attend this workshop if you are looking to help patients on moderate and high-dose opioids successfully reduce their doses with minimal or no additional resources.

Commenting on results from the program, Dr. Darnall, a clinical professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford Medicine, said “Our pilot data suggest that many patients are open to a tapering pathway if it is presented to them compassionately and in a patient-centered way. Our results show that tapering methods matter greatly, and that we may help the many outpatients who wish to reduce their opioids do so successfully without increased pain. We look forward to sharing insights from our work on this critical and challenging issue for patients with chronic pain and those who provide their care.”

Registration fee for this workshop will be $165.00. To maximize the workshop experience, participation will be limited and early registration is encouraged. Please click here to register and learn more.

About PAINWeek:

PAINWeek, the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management, will convene for its 12th annual meeting on September 4-8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The conference presents 120+ hours of continuing medical education courses and master classes, special interest sessions, and satellite events. Over 2,300 practitioners are expected to attend.

PAINWeek is provided by Global Education Group. About Global Education Group:

Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.

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