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Opioid Induced Constipation: Banishing a Barrier to Successful Pain Management

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Release Date: July 6, 2009
Expiration Date: July 1, 2010

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize opioid-induced constipation (OIC) as one of the most common side effects of opioid therapy
  • Identify and implement steps to remove barriers to effectively communicate with patients about OIC and treatment options
  • Determine appropriate prophylactic and prevention measures for individual patients
  • Employ an evidence-based OIC treatment protocol which maintains patient dignity, quality of life and pain control

Accreditation Statements:
Physicians:
The University of North Texas Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this activity for 1 hour of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Science Center at Fort Worth designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

Nurses:
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1 contact hour for the nurse.

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners:
The University of North Texas Science Center at Forth Worth is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and will provide physician assistants and nurse practitioners who successfully complete the activity with a Statement of Participation indicating that the activity was designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™

Faculty

Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP, CMD

Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians' Endowed Chair in Clinical Geriatrics
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Endocrinology
Department of Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas

Disclosures: Research support - Elan and Novartis
Resolution: No conflict identified, N/A


Educational Content Committee
Bruce Chamberlain, MD, FACP
Director, Palliative Consulting
Medical Director,
Sunrise Hospice,
Orem, UT

Disclosures: Nothing to disclose Resolution: N/A

Gail Austin Cooney, MD, FAAHPM
Director & Medical Director Emeritus
Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Center
West Palm Beach, FL
President Elect - American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Disclosures: Non-CME Speaker: Honorarium-Wyeth; JPM Supplement: Editorial Stipend - Wyeth Resolution: Input was restricted to reviewing content for clinical accuracy. Input was screened for bias by non-conflicted faculty. Bias was not detected.

Ricardo Alberto Cruciani, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology,
The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Albert Einstein School of Medicine Yeshiva University,
New York, NY

Disclosures: Non-CME Speaker: Honoraria - ENDO, Pfizer, Merck; Clinical Trial: Research Support - Cephalon, FRALEX, GW Pharmaceuticals, Abbott; Pain Course Organizer/Speaker- Grupo Ferret (Spain), Laboratories Nolver (Venezuela) Resolution: Input related to pain management and consequences of not treating OIC considered. Other Input screened for bias by non-conflicted faculty. Bias was not detected.

Judy Lundgren, RN, MSN, AOCN
Past President, Oncology Nursing Society
Radiation Oncology Nurse,
Fort Worth, Texas

Disclosures: Nothing to disclose Resolution: N/A

LeeAnne Vandergriff, RN, BSN, OCN
Oncology Nurse,
Fort Worth, Texas

Disclosures: Nothing to disclose Resolution: N/A

Chun-Su Yuan, MD, PhD
Cyrus Tang Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care
Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care Director of the
Tang Center of Chinese Herbal Medicine ,
University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL

Disclosures: Consulting Fee-Wyeth Resolution: Treatment recommendations restricted to complementary and alternative therapies. Other input screened for bias by non-conflicted faculty. Bias was not detected.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by Wyeth.

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