The Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

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By Binit J. Shah, MD
Senior Instructor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Psychiatry University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, OH

Module Description: This online module focuses on the use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). It reviews the current state of opioid prescribing, the (lack of) evidence for efficacy, and new research on opioid side effects (including opioid-induced endocrinopathy and immunosuppression). It concludes with the latest evidence regarding rates of addiction with prescribed opioids and introduces the concept of opioid risk stratification and gives tools for screening.

Note: This online module is not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.