2011-17: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

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2011-17:  VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

This activity will discuss the evidence-based principles for the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain and how to appropriately taper or discontinue opioids in our patients when appropriate.


Presenter: 
James Sall, PhD, FNP-BC

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:
 44 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the evidence-based process used to develop the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline: Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain by describing how it adheres to the principles established by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
  2. Apply evidence-based recommendations for the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain by describing the recommendations for the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.
  3. Describe the evidence based recommendations for tapering opioids and how to reduce opioid dosage in a patient where the risk of continued use at the current dose outweighs the benefits.

Keywords:  Clinical Practice Guideline, Chronic Pain, Evidence-based Treatment


Continuing Nursing Education:
0.75 pharmacology contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, October 19, 2017
10:15am - 11:00am


The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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