Program Description


This series of 3 webinars has been created to assist physicians in acquiring knowledge and learning new skills in the field of pain management, especially in the area of chronic non-cancer pain. 

Course Goals: 

  • Develop multi-modal approaches to complex chronic pain.
  • Initiate & manage safe & effective opioid therapy.
  • Prevent & address addiction to prescription opioids.
  • Develop communication & collaboration practice skills to better manage opioid therapy for your chronic pain patients.

Program Outline

Webinar 1: Assessing Chronic Complex Pain

The webinar is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in length

Learning Objectives: 

  • Differentiate diverse etiologies of complex chronic pain
  • Recognize the complex illness experience of complex chronic pain
  • Develop multi-modal approaches to manage complex chronic pain

Webinar 2: Prescribing Opioids in Chronic Pain

The webinar is approximately 2.5 hours in length

Learning Objectives

  • Define your professional responsibility to manage patients’ chronic pain
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of opioid therapy for different chronic pain conditions
  • Assess your patients’ risk of opioid overdose, misuse and addiction
  • Initiate, monitor and manage opioid therapy for your chronic pain patients

Webinar 3: Addressing Opioid Challenges and Addiction

The webinar is approximately 2.5 hours in length

Learning Objectives

  • Establish an Opioid Treatment Agreement, which allows for Urine Drug Screening, with your patients
  • Prescribe opioids for special populations. (Patients on multiple medications, Elderly patients, Adolescent patients, Pregnant patients, Patients with co-morbid psychiatric disorders
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals. (Physician colleagues for inherited or transferred patients, Referral consultants with Pain and Addiction expertise, Acute and urgent health care providers, Pharmacists)
  • Recognize and manage opioid misuse and addiction in your patients

 Participation in all three webinars is mandatory for course completion.   


For more information visit the course website at: http://www.cpd.utoronto.ca/opioidprescribing/

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