Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: Understanding Updated Guidelines

June 22, 2017; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Our nation’s service members and veterans are not immune to the current opioid misuse and opioid use disorder epidemic in America. Through dedicated research efforts, health care providers have more insight into the troublesome effects of long-term opioid therapy. To ensure providers use the latest information to treat patients, experts revised treatment guidelines in 2015.

The new guideline, “Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain,” includes evidence-based information to help providers manage all aspects of patient care. It also supports the Military Health System goal to improve patient health and well-being.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Army Medical Command and Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury partnered to develop clinical support tools to accompany the updated guideline. These tools include summaries, fact sheets, guides and pocket cards for providers and patients.

This webinar will focus on how to access, use and distribute the opioid guideline and tools. Webinar participants will learn to:

  • Discern expectations of patients and practitioners regarding opioid therapy, and the risks and benefits of the treatment options for chronic pain
  • Evaluate the use of patient-centered care including self-management to improve function and quality of life
  • Choose an appropriate chronic pain therapy in conjunction with the patient
  • Minimize adverse outcomes of pain therapy, particularly opioid therapy, and effectively treat them if they do occur


M. Eric Rodgers, Ph.D., FNP-BC
Acting Nurse Executive, Quality, Standards and Programs, and Director Evidence-based Practice Program, Office of Quality Safety and Value Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, D.C.
James Sall, Ph.D., FNP-BC
Clinical Quality Program Specialist Evidence-based Practice Program, Office of Quality, Safety and Value Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, D.C.
Christopher Spevak, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., JD
Director Opioid Safety Program, National Capital Region Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland
Ilene R. Robeck, M.D.
Co-chair VA National Patient-aligned Care Teams (PACT) Pain Champion Initiative Director of Virtual Pain Care Richmond VA Medical Center Richmond, Virginia


Fuad Issa, M.D., FAPA
Chief, Implementation Science Deployment Health Clinical Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) June 22, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


Sign up for the webinar. Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.


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