Prescribers Course

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
$315 ($300 course fee + $15 GST) includes course materials

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, interactive online course will learn new approaches, primarily through interview simulations in small groups, supported by sympathetic, experienced, clinical teachers.

Program objectives

  • identify common clinical pitfalls in the prescribing of drugs of potential misuse/abuse to patients
  • develop a toolkit and strategies to assist in the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) with controlled medications
  • identify and apply clinical interviewing strategies that assist in the management of challenging cases in the office setting
  • develop and safely apply strategies to detect and manage potential misuse/abuse of controlled medications in clinical practice
  • implement changes to practice as a result of attending this course and reflecting on the implications of its content

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID: 197291-001

Technical requirements
Computer with video and audio capabilities to participate. The camera will need to be turned on for the entire duration of the course for participation. Mobile devices, such as a smartphone or a tablet, are not recommended.