By Erin Zerbo, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Sponsoring organization: American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Clinical Vignette Description: Many addicted patients have co-occurring pain, and they often have a difficult time finding pain management providers that will treat them. It is crucial that psychiatrists and other physicians develop an understanding of co-occurring pain, so that these patients can be treated in other types of clinics or in conjunction with standard pain management clinics.
- Explain the next best steps to take when a patient with co-occurring depression has a relapse in her/his opioid use disorder
- Understand the appropriate dosing of opioid maintenance medications in the patient with co-occurring pain
- Explore the role that buprenorphine/naloxone can have in the management of chronic pain
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