Identify circumstances when it may be appropriate to provide patients experiencing severe pain with opioid therapy.
Recognize the risks associated with both short-term and extended-release opioid pills, the need to follow “safety first” precautions from the outset and to monitor closely the patient’s response.
Identify specific expectations that will be discussed with the patient and spelled out in the formal patient agreement with the practice, along with consequences for non-compliance.
Summarize ways to determine which patients are the primary candidates to be weaned from opioids.
Tabulate dosages of various opioids into morphine equivalents for comparison purposes.
Determine the elements of the tapering plan for each chosen patient and how to script the conversation that needs to occur with individual patients.
Use a tapering tool to plan the appropriate steps in the patient’s withdrawal over a given period of time.