Module Description

 
By Binit J. Shah, MD Senior Instructor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Psychiatry University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, OH
Module Description: This online module focuses on the use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). It reviews the current state of opioid prescribing, the (lack of) evidence for efficacy,  and new research on opioid side effects (including opioid-induced endocrinopathy and immunosuppression). It concludes with the latest evidence regarding rates of addiction with prescribed opioids and introduces the concept of opioid risk stratification and gives tools for screening.