The Opioid Crisis and Its Implications for Pain Management

About the Course:
This video course looks at the scope of the opioid epidemic in the US, including factors that contributed to the problem. The course addresses how opioids work and how they lead to addiction. The ethics of pain management in light of the opioid epidemic is examined as is recent changes in the management of pain in response to the opioid epidemic.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Recognize the scope of the opioid epidemic in the US.
  • List several contributors to the opioid epidemic.
  • Identify how different classes of pain medications work.
  • Identify the basic physiology of opioid addiction.
  • List the consequences of inadequately managed pain.
  • List recommended changes in pain management in response to the opioid epidemic.
  • Identify the basics of the Neuromatrix Model of Pain and how they affect pain management.
  • List several non-pharmacological ways to manage pain.
  • List several risk factors for opioid abuse.
About the Author:
Lorie Schleck, PT, graduated from the University of Minnesota and has over 29 years of physical therapy experience. She has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings including sports medicine/orthopedics and transitional care/skilled nursing facilities in long-term and acute care. Most recently, she has focused on providing physical therapy to home care patients and, as a certified OASIS specialist, has worked in Home Care Quality and Compliance auditing charts for OASIS and providing staff training in best practices for OASIS accuracy. Ms. Schleck has taught numerous continuing education courses in physical and occupational therapy, primarily focused on orthopedics and geriatrics. She enjoys synthesizing new evidence and is passionate about evidence-based practice.

This on-demand video course.