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Educating clinicians essential for safe opioid prescribing, study says

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When clinicians are educated on how to safely prescribe opioids, it can reduce opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers, researchers write in the journal <i>Pain Medicine</i>. Boston University School of Medicine launched its Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program in 2013.

When clinicians are educated on how to safely prescribe opioids, it can reduce opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers, researchers write in the journal Pain Medicine. Boston University School of Medicine launched its Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program in 2013. The program is offered as a 3-hour live or online activity. The curricula are presented using a clinical case involving three separate visits: an initial visit to assess chronic pain and opioid misuse risk; a visit 1 week later for initiating or continuing opioid therapy safely; and a visit months later to assess and manage aberrant medication-taking behaviors. So far, more than 10,500 individuals have completed SCOPE of Pain since its inception. Immediately after the program, 87% of participants said they were planning to make at least one change to align their practice with guideline-based care, such as improving opioid prescribing documentation or instituting Patient-Prescriber Agreements. After the training, many participants also reported increased confidence in guideline-based opioid prescribing practices.

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