Training for Healthcare Professionals

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Training Modules

CDC developed trainings to assist clinicians and other healthcare personnel to provide patient-centered care. Trainings are offered as full or mini modules and patient cases. Many of the trainings offer continuing education (CE); please choose the trainings that best meets your needs.

CDC’s 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Highlights the 12 recommendations and information on implementation and includes patient scenarios. CE available.

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Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Shares benefits of buprenorphine for treating opioid use disorder, including its versatility for initiation in multiple clinical settings and effectiveness in reducing illicit opioid use.

Information on naltrexone and methadone can be found in the Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder module, and additional trainings will be developed.

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Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder

Summarizes how opioid use disorder is diagnosed using the DSM-5 assessment criteria, how to discuss this diagnosis with patients, and how to treat opioid use disorder. CE available.

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Motivational Interviewing

Outlines the core components of motivational interviewing, how to use it to facilitate the treatment of pain, and strategies to empower change in patients and promote healthier and safer outcomes. CE available.

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Tapering Opioids

Learn strategies to manage opioid tapering, potential challenges including withdrawal, and considerations for tapering and the benefits of interprofessional care coordination.

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Managing Pain and Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the ED

Shares strategies for managing pain and treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in emergency departments. CE available.

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Opioid Use and Pregnancy

Learn what to consider if treating pain with opioid therapy and addressing OUD for patients during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

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A Nurse’s Role in Integrated Pain Management

Learn how nurses can help implement the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain.

Patient Cases
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Interactive Patient Case: Jon C.

Practice effective communication strategies that incorporate motivational interviewing and shared decision-making when discussing treatment options with a patient diagnosed with opioid use disorder.

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