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  • Learn FDA and state guidelines on chronic-pain management

  • Assess and document pain and function
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Identify risks of prescribing opioids 
  • Use tools and resources to improve care and patient outcomes
  • Make a positive impact in your community

Supported by an unrestricted education grant made by Pinnacol Assurance


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The Opioid Crisis

Guidelines and Tools to Improve Chronic Pain Management

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Target Audience

This activity is targeted to physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, pain specialists, dentists and other healthcare providers who treat patients with chronic pain.

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​Activity Purpose

​This interactive evidence-based activity examines the best-practices and universal precautions for treating chronic pain and reviews the guidelines for assessing patients, developing a comprehensive treatment plan,  initiating an opioid trial and regimen, monitoring patients and strategies to manage the risk of opioid abuse, overdose, and diversion.

Accessing the Activities

This training is hosted on our eLearning site, CrowdWisdom. To access the activity (and to allow us to track learner progress through the program), you must have an eLearning account. If you do not already have an account, it's easy to create one: you just need to provide your name, email address, and professional affiliation.

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​Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the prevalence of opioid use and abuse and scope of the problem

  • Examine the importance of incorporating new research and training into practice 

  • Practice recommended guidelines to prevent opioid abuse, dependence, and other adverse effects 

  • Define the evidence for improving pain and function


Evidence-based tools and resources

Pain Mangement Toolkit:Take advantage of these tools and resources to help you save time and better serve your patients.


Sponsorship & Funding

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Funded by an unrestricted educational grant from



All other faculty/contributors have reported no commercial affiliation associated with this activity or intent to reference off-label/unapproved uses of products or devices in their presentations.

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this enduring material session for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only the claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

To earn AMA PRA Category 1Credit™, participants must
  1. View the entire presentation.
  2. Complete and submit the learning assessment test. Learners must answer all 20 questions and receive a minimum score of 70% to pass. The online learning assessment is delivered through the course’s learning management system and is graded automatically. Both score and feedback for each question is generated to the learner once the complete the assessment and click “Submit”. Learners who do not pass, do not see the correct answers, but are allowed to retake the assessment. See attached sample.
  3. Complete activity evaluation online (pre and post) through the learning management system; a certificate of participation will be provided to the learner automatically upon completion and passing the learner assessment. The learner can also email, print certificate of participation when they are logged into their account.

Release Date
1st Release: 10/7/2012 and End Date 10/6/2015

Updated Release: 2/15/16


Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation

Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM
Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

Gary M. Franklin, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOWM
Department of Family & Preventive Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Health Division Chief

Joseph Saseen, Pharm D, FASHP, FCCP, FNLA, BCPS, CLS

Content Independence Statement

​This activity is funded through an unrestricted educational grant from Pinnacol Assurance and sponsored by the NIOSH Mountain and Plains ERC and the Harold Hollis fund. The content was developed independently by the contributing faculty and experts and has undergone peer review by the chairperson. All materials appear with permission of the author(s). The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantor. 


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