Opioid Use Disorder - Having Difficult Conversations with Your Patient

This educational effort from your colleagues at MaineHealth was created in response to requests from providers like you. These providers felt uncomfortable or ill-equipped to have conversations with patients who may have Opioid Use Disorder, may need to taper their opioid medications, or are discovered to be using other drugs.

By watching this series of vignettes, you will see different patient responses. The training will guide you on becoming more familiar with how to react to each scenario.

Video Supplement: 
Please click here to download a video supplement that can be used as a tool to reinforce what you have learned and as a guide for discussion with your colleagues.
Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this training you will become more informed and comfortable starting conversations with your patient in the following areas:
  • Express your concerns that they may have an opioid use disorder 
  • Discussing tapering their chronic opioid pain regimen
  • Addressing unexpected urine drug screen results
  • Discussing the safety of MAT and alleviating any fears
  • Addressing concerns around opioid use with your pregnant patient, including DHHS reporting
Program Format: 
The module consists of an educational video followed by a 5 question knowledge assessment quiz. Successful completion of these assessments will be required to earn a .5 CME. 

Instructional video followed by a series of measured learning questions.

Completion Time:  
30 minutes.

Faculty, Clinical & Project Advisors:
Robert Fulton, MD, Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine; Jessika Morin, MD, Medical Director of IMAT Services, Southern Maine Health Care; Alane O'Connor, DNP, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, MaineGeneral Medical Center; Kristen Silvia, MD, Maine Medical Partners; Tina Pettingill, MPH, MaineHealth; Caroline Zimmerman, MaineHealth

Continuing Medical Education Credits
Maine Medical Center will provide 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM to participants who have completed this educational module. For more information related to CME credits, please click here.

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