PCOA-PCP 12: Pain, Opioids, and Older Adults

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Course Target Audience

  • Primary Care Practitioners- NPs

Course Description

Practitioners will be able to define and distinguish opioid use disorder (OUD) from physical dependence and recognize the importance of assessment and reassessment to identify strategies to manage risks for opioid misuse in older adults.

Overview

This course defines and distinguishes opioid use disorder (OUD) from physical dependence. It highlights the importance of assessment and reassessment to identify strategies to manage risks for opioid misuse.  Warning signs for opioid misuse, treatment options, harm reduction strategies and screening tools to tailor care to older adults are also discussed. 

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Review the epidemiology and pharmacology of opioid medications.
  2. Understand opioid prescribing to older adults.
  3. Review the diagnosis and treatment of opioid use disorder in older adults.