This program is worth 1.0 CME credits.
Headache medicine is a unique field in neurology which involves the treatment of head pain due to primary causes such as migraine, cluster and tension headaches or secondary causes such as injury, concussion, oncologic or vascular processes, pain syndromes, upper cervical issues and more. There are unique challenges a clinician faces with a patient who is unresponsive to traditional therapies or one who presents for care already on medications that may hinder headache treatment such as opioids. Opioid use and abuse in the United States has become a healthcare crisis. Education for clinicians on the evidence-based literature regarding opioid prescribing and side effect profiles is essential for safe use of these medicines. There is little or no evidence pointing to the efficacy of long-term use of opioids to treat chronic migraine. Considering alternatives to opioid treatment such as injection therapies, adjunctive nontraditional procedures and medicines, and even surgical interventions can improve quality of care.
This is the second in an ongoing series of webinars addressing opioid use in neurology. AAN is collaborating with Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O), a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Teaching Style: Didactic, Audience Participation
Recommended Audience: Trainee, General Neurologist, Specialist Neurologist, Non-neurologist, Advanced Practice Provider
As a result of this program the learner will:
o Review the evidence based literature of the treatment of various headache syndromes with opioids in both an outpatient and emergency/urgent care setting. o Identify the danger of opioid administration as it relates to the age of the patient, side effects of the drugs, potential interactions with other headache medicines, and the long term risk of developing addiction. o Identify alternative treatments for the chronic headache patient, when trying to avoid prescribing opioids. o Discuss how the use of opioid to treat other concurrent pain syndromes in a headache patient may hinder care
- Patient Care
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- Systems-Based Practice
Date of Release
No conflicts of interest were reported by the presenter or identified by the AAN Program Accreditation Subcommittee. This material has been reviewed by the lead Clinical Expert on the PCSS-O grant, co-faculty, and AAN staff.
There is no commercial support for this series. Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (grant no. 5H79TI025595) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
The American Academy of Neurology Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Neurology Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Webinars will be recorded and archived to www.pcss-o.org within two weeks of the live training.