Workshop: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family physicians consistently rate prescribing for chronic pain amongst the most difficult areas of their professional lives. In a discipline where communication is the core skill set, talking to patients in realistic terms about the risks and benefits that attend the use of opioids, benzodiazepines and other potentially habituating medications challenges even the most seasoned practitioners. Participants in this intensive course will learn new approaches, primarily through interview simulations in small groups, supported by sympathetic, experienced, clinical teachers.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- identify common clinical pitfalls in the prescribing of drugs of potential abuse to patients
- develop a tool kit and strategies to assist in the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) with opioid medications
- identity and begin to apply clinical interviewing strategies that assist in the managing of difficult problems in the office setting
- develop and begin to apply strategies to detect and manage misuse and abuse of drugs of potential abuse in their practice
- implement changes to their practice as a result of attending this course and reflecting on the implications of its content