SCOPE of Pain Online Training

Activity Details
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  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Feb 17, 2016
  • Expires: Feb 16, 2018
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Daniel P. Alford Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP
Course Director
Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Needs Statement

What is SCOPE of Pain Online Training?

SCOPE of Pain is a new 2-hour case-based online educational program that will help you safely and competently prescribe opioid analgesics, if appropriate, to manage your patients with severe chronic pain. Through the case of Mary Williams, a 42-year-old with painful diabetic neuropathy and chronic low back pain, you'll learn how to:

  • Decide on appropriateness of opioid analgesics
  • Assess for opioid misuse risk;
  • Counsel patients about opioid safety, risks and benefits;
  • Competently monitor patients prescribed opioids for benefit and harm;
  • Make decisions on continuing or discontinuing opioid analgesics; and
  • Safely discontinue opioids when there is too little benefit or too much risk and harm

Offered in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), this program addresses the FDA mandate to manufacturers of extended release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics, by providing comprehensive prescriber education in the safe use of these medications. It also addresses many key elements of the physician education component of the Obama Administration's prescription drug abuse prevention plan on prescriber education released in April 2011. This program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant awarded by the manufacturers of ER/LA opioid analgesics, known as the REMS Program Companies (RPC).

Date of Original Release: February 17, 2016
Date of Expiration: February 16, 2017


Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists.


At the conclusion of these activities, participants will be better able to:

  • Employ appropriate assessment, monitoring and documentation strategies to meet best practice standards and medico-legal requirements when treating patients with chronic opioid therapy (COT)
  • Apply a practical framework for decision-making on the initiation, dosage modification, and discontinuation of opioid analgesics in the treatment of chronic pain
  • Employ consistent practice tools to adequately assess risk in patients being considered for COT and to effectively manage COT
  • Confidently counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of opioid medications and communicate about the need for close monitoring
  • Effectively communicate with patients whom you suspect may be misusing opioid analgesics
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of general- and product-specific information of ER/LA opioid analgesics


Faculty Disclosure

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices occurs.


These activities were planned in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

CNE Contact Hours: 2, all of which are pharmacology credit-worthy

Disclosure Of Support

This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of the member companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.