The content for this activity is based on the satellite symposium, “Strategies for Combating Opioid-Induced Constipation: Targeted Mechanisms to Maintain Pain Control Without Compromise” that was presented at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly (AAPM&R) on October 21, 2016. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a common side effect of opioid use and can occur from the outset of opioid therapy. OIC has been reported to interfere with pain management, increase health care costs, decrease work productivity and daily activities, and significantly affect patient quality of life. It can also lead to bowel obstruction. Assessing and managing OIC is important for establishing maximum function for patients. Several pharmacologic approaches, with different mechanisms of action, are available or in development.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Find the latest hot topics in physical medicine & rehabilitation. These activities are designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other clinicians.
This educational supplement has been created to educate healthcare professionals on the safe and proper use of Extended-Release (ER) and Long-Acting (LA) opioids for chronic pain management. Opioids are the cornerstone of modern pain management. They are highly complex molecules which require knowledge and integration of basic science, clinical, pharmacological, psychosocial, abuse, diversion, and public health aspects of opioids. This Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) supplement is a valuable tool that can be utilized daily by everyone in your practice. Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE) credits are available for studying this supplement and completing the online test. The supplement and test can be completed in a little more than three hours, but it will have a lifetime benefit!