PainRelief.com Interview with:
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit
Director, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) Program
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center, Boston MA 02118
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Boston University School of Medicine’s Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) is the longest-running safer opioid prescribing educational program under the FDA’s opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).
This study analyzed clinicians’, who were registering to attend a SCOPE of Pain training, self-report of performing five opioid prescribing risk-mitigation practices with patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain including:
- Use of patient-prescriber agreements,
2) Informing patients about taking opioids exactly as prescribed,
3) Discussing safe opioid storage and disposal,
4) Discussing risks of opioid-associated respiratory depression and overdose, and
5) Monitoring for misuse including urine drug test and/or pill counts, prior to participating in the training.Continue reading