Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain
This course provides health care workers with evidence-based tools and recommendations on Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain.
This course is open to health care providers collaborating in the treatment of patients with chronic non-cancer pain (e.g., physicians, pain specialists, addiction specialists, mental health clinicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists).
Date and Time:
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Registration Fee- $350.00. Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $100.00.
Participants who are not pursing the Certificate have the option of taking elective courses independently.
This online course provides health care workers with evidence-based tools and recommendations from the 2010 Canadian Guidelines for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain. This course will guide you through the Opioid Manager, a point-of-care tool that condenses key elements of the Canadian Guideline, which you can use with your interprofessional team in clinical practice or primary care settings.
National Opioid Use Guideline Group (2010).
Recommendations for Practice. In Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain. Hamilton, ON
After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:
collaborate routinely with other health care professionals addressing a patient's chronic non-cancer pain
identify patients who may be suitable candidates for opioid therapy by following Canadian Guideline* recommendations
identify patients at risk for opioid addiction and misuse
discuss with patients and their treatment team the effectiveness of opioids in treating chronic non-cancer pain
safely conduct an opioid trail by following Canadian Guideline recommendations
safely monitor patients on long-term opioid therapy by following Canadian Guideline recommendations.
The course consists of three self-directed online modules. One module is released every week, with an "ask the experts" section for questions.
Certification and Accreditation
This course is held under the auspices of the office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This course meets the accreditation criteria of:
The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 12.0 Mainpro - M1 credits
The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - 12.0 Section 1 credits
The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) - 12 CEC hours
Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) 12 CEC hours
Affiliation and Partnerships
CAMH is affiliated with the University of Toronto and been partner with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Andrea Furlan, MD, Associate Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Beth Sproule, Pharm. D. Advanced Practice Pharmacist / Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto