Controlled Substances and their Alternatives for Pain: Inter-Professional Context and Controversies

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Featured Speakers:

RONALD J. KULICH, PH.D.
ZAHID H. BAJWA, M.D.
LIBBY BRADSHAW D.O., M.S.
DANIEL B. CARR, M.D., M.A.
NICOLE HOLLAND, D.D.S.
GARY HOROWITZ, M.D.
DAVID A. KEITH, B.D.S., D.M.D., FDSRSC
NOSHIR MEHTA, D.M.D., M.D.S, M.S , F.I.C.D., F.A.C.D.
STEVEN J. SCRIVANI, D.D.S., D.MED.SC.

This intraprofessional program brings together dentistry and medicine, with the goal of managing the complex pain patient in general practice. Featured faculty include nationally recognized speakers from multiple subspecialties. Specific content of the morning session addresses clinical issues in pain medicine with respect to interactions across clinicians from different specialties, as well as complex pain management issues associated with patients who present as high risk where opioid therapy is considered. In the afternoon session, the program provides case-based workshops, specific to dentistry.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand and identify risk factors associated with the initiation or maintenance of opioid therapy
  • Provide decision making strategies that consider non-opioid pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for the management of pain
  • Apply evidence-based strategies for managing the complex patient, including formulation of the treatment plan and termination of opioid therapy
  • Employ strategies that integrate care across disciplines
  • Understand the limitations of risk-stratification screening, and the necessity of relying on multiple sources of information for clinical decision-making
  • Individualize care for special populations including patients requiring palliative care