Prescription Monitoring Programs in Dentistry: A Risk Management Workshop for Practicing Dentists

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Ronald J. Kulich, Ph.D. Professor, The Craniofacial Pain and Headache Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine

Chao Lu, B.D.S. Clinical Instructor, The Craniofacial Pain and Headache Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

The risk of prescribing medication for chronic pain remains a concern for practicing dentists.  The Massachusetts Controlled Substances Act  MGL c94c s24a, Chapter 283 established the State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) , and dentists are increasingly expected to utilize this program as a component of safe prescribing. Using a series of clinical vignettes, this evidence–based program offers a template for assessing high risk patients, with particular focus on the implementation of the web-based prescription monitoring within a general clinical practice.  The interdisciplinary faculty will address specific markers for patients at risk for substance abuse or diversion, review steps toward accessing a state prescription monitoring programs for each New England State, and discuss practical strategies for implementing this assessment within a dental practice.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access and employ practical assessment strategies employing the state prescription monitoring program.
  • Understand and review of current standards for the evidence-based management of patients related to a complex medication regimens for chronic pain
  • Provide a clinically relevant assessment template for identifying patients who are at high risk for substance use disorder
  • Utilize practical strategies for management of the complex dental patient with pain, including recommendations for effective referral and termination where appropriate

*This is not a BORID-sponsored or affiliated course