Training module now available for acute pain management in hospitalized adults

New online course is 10th in a series developed by the NIH Pain Consortium

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A case-based clinician training module designed for the evaluation of acute pain and opioid management for adults is now available through the Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) program, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Management for Acute Pain in Hospitalized Adults is the 10th pain education interactive CoEPE module developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium and is designed to teach emergency room responders and pharmacists.

This 10th module includes three short case studies that teach emergency department responders and pharmacists how to: assess patients before treating with opioid pain relievers; identify risk factors for opioid related adverse events; describe how to safely initiate therapy, modify dose, and discontinue opioids; counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of opioids, and comply with controlled substances laws and regulations, among other guidelines. Recommendations follow the guidelines recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2012, the NIH Pain Consortium developed 11 CoEPEs at academic medical centers around the country to act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools. This most recent module is the 10th to be completed and evaluated for effectiveness to support how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment. All 10 training modules aim to advance the assessment and safe treatment of multiple pain conditions for diverse population groups and are used by various disciplines, including geriatrics, pharmacy, primary care, neurology, emergency rooms and OB/GYN.

Other online modules include management of back pain, headaches, insomnia, phantom limb pain, pelvic pain and more. For more information on the NIH Pain Consortium, including all 10 modules, go to the NIH Pain Consortium webpage.

For more information on this new module and others, go to the CoEPEs Web site

For information on the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis, go to: NIH HEAL Initiative.

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