What You’ll Learn

Improve quality of life and patient satisfaction through safe and appropriate pain management, while preventing costly and burdensome crises such as ED visits and hospital readmissions.

CAPC’s pain management unit covers which patients are appropriate to consider for opioid therapy, how to assess risk for substance use disorder, and how to safely prescribe, monitor, and document opioid therapy in alignment with the Federation of State Medical Boards prescribing guidelines.

CAPC Designation

Take all 14 courses in this unit to achieve CAPC Designation status in pain management. Designation can be added to your performance file or resume to indicate comprehensive training in pain management and safe opioid prescribing for patients with serious illness.

What You’ll Earn

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits and MOC credits:

  • 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Case Management: 7.00 CE
  • Nursing: 14.50 CNE, 11.90 Pharmacotherapy
  • Social Work: 6.00 CE (NASW)
  • Social Work: 7.25 CE (NYSED)

The continuing education values listed on this page apply to the current term of accreditation for the courses in this unit. See individual course pages for more information about the accrediting bodies.

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Course 1: Comprehensive Pain Assessment

Course 1 of 14

Conducting a comprehensive pain assessment to guide safe and effective treatment.

Course 2: Matching the Drug Class to the Pain

Course 2 of 14

Selecting a safe and appropriate analgesic for patients with serious illness based on the pain assessment.

Course 3: Patient Factors that Influence Prescribing Decisions

Course 3 of 14

Patient and family factors that influence prescribing decisions for patients with serious illness.

Course 4: Assessing Risk for Opioid Substance Use Disorder

Course 4 of 14

Integrating routine risk assessment for substance use disorder when considering or using opioid therapy.

Course 5: Opioid Trials: Determining Design, Efficacy, and Safety

Course 5 of 14

Designing a safe and effective opioid trial for the patient with serious illness.

Course 6: Prescribing An Opioid

Course 6 of 14

Safe and appropriate opioid prescribing for the opioid-naive patient with serious illness.

Course 7: Prescribing Short-Acting Opioids: Four Case Studies

Course 7 of 14

Four indications for using short-acting opioids.

Course 8: Monitoring for Opioid Efficacy, Side Effects, and Substance Use Disorder

Course 8 of 14

Ongoing evaluation of opioid benefits, risks, and side effects for the patient with serious illness.

Course 9: Converting from Short-Acting to Long-Acting Opioids

Course 9 of 14

Guidance on safe conversion to long-acting opioids for patients with serious illness.

Course 10: Prescribing Practice and Opioid Conversions

Course 10 of 14

Prescribing practice for long half-life opioids, converting from one opioid to another, and accounting for incomplete cross-tolerance.

Course 11: Advanced Conversions and Opioid Side Effects

Course 11 of 14

Changing the route of opioid delivery, rotating opioids, advanced opioid conversions, and tapering opioids.

Course 12: Special Populations And Patient-Controlled Analgesia

Course 12 of 14

Safe opioid prescribing in older adults, cognitively impaired patients, children, and the imminently dying, including patient-controlled analgesia.

Course 13: Managing Pain in Patients At Risk for Substance Use Disorder

Course 13 of 14

Pain management for patients with serious illness and high risk for substance use disorder, including risk assessment, monitoring, and when to refer for safe pain management.

Course 14: Pain Management: Putting it All Together

Course 14 of 14

Safe opioid prescribing for patients with serious illness, using the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.

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