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Approach to Use of Opioids in Patients with Low Back Pain - Revised
Low back pain is extremely common and can be difficult to treat. Although opioids are frequently used to treat low back pain, evidence showing long-term benefits is limited and opioids are associated with important adverse effects. This module provides primary care physicians with an approach to using opioids in low back pain. Faculty will emphasize the need to consider using opioids within an overall pain management plan that: 1) addresses psychosocial contributors to pain; 2) recognizes that opioids are not first-line treatment for low back pain and may not be appropriate in all patients; 3) utilizes non-opioid treatments; and 4) routinely incorporates risk mitigation and reassessment strategies.​
Target Audience
The target audience for this module is primary care physicians.
Roger Chou, MD, Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, and Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:
• List the benefits and harms of opioids in patients with low back pain
• Summarize an evidence-based approach in the use of opioids for low back pain
Method of participation in the activity

In order to receive maximum creditlearners must:  

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test. 
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.

Availability: On-Demand
Access expired on 07/08/2022
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
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