Physicians and nurses play a vital role in caring for the patient’s collaborative treatment plan related to their overall pain management goals. They also serve as a patient advocate when providing education for proper opioid use. However, studies have revealed a pain management knowledge gap among clinicians caring for patients who are receiving opioid analgesics. This gap includes patient assessment, pharmacologic management, use of adjuvant medications, risks of addiction, risks of respiratory depression, and disposal and storage of opioid analgesics.
This program is designed to assist clinicians in obtaining knowledge of opioids, with a concurrent and evidence-based presentation. All clinicians will also be provided with valuable information on current practice standards related to opioid prescribing, dispensing, and administration. Clinicians knowledge of, and attitudes about, opioid use can have a positive impact on the national opioid crisis.
Blake Fagan, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University SOM in 1998 before finishing his family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC in 2001. During that time, he has been the co-clinical director, assistant residency director, and the residency director. Currently he is the Chief Education Officer at MAHEC.
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