Module 04 - Pain Management - Assessing & Treating Pain in Patients with Substance Abuse Concerns
Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical attention and one of the most prevalent medical complaints in the US. Patients with a history of substance use disorders including addiction are at increased risk of receiving inadequate pain management. When opioid therapy generally is indicated, such as the context of pain related to advanced cancer, undertreatment may occur because of a fear of exacerbating addiction and a lack of adequate training. Inadequate training in pain management and addiction medicine and a fear of regulatory sanctions contribute to undertreatment. All patients who are prescribed opioids (or other controlled substances) should be routinely evaluated for drug-related behaviors throughout the course of treatment. Consequently, healthcare professionals need to develop the skills to evaluate and manage pain in patients at risk for substance abuse and in those with addictive disorders, or be prepared to refer such patients for appropriate treatment. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Barry Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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