PCSS/AAPM Free CME Webinar:

Navigating Perception and Managing Expectations in a Changing Prescribing Environment: Addressing the Need for an Opioid Taper and Managing the Patient from an Integrative Approach

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Original Presentation Date: August 10, 2017


In a changing prescribing environment, providers are being urged to consider nonopioid treatments to manage chronic pain when the benefits of opioids do not outweigh their risks for individual patients. It is important that providers make a rational case for an opioid taper to these patients, while addressing patients’ concerns and emotional reactions, and set reasonable expectations for the taper. Multiple options are available to treat pain without opioid therapy. These can be utilized within an integrative approach with a focus on behavioral therapies that foster patient buy in and active participation to improve pain control and enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Employ a strategy to communicate with patients about the rationale for an opioid taper
  2. Describe several integrated approaches to the management of pain without the use of opioids
  3. Formulate a plan to utilize integrative approaches into their practices with their patients


Rebecca C. Anderson, PhDRebecca C. Anderson, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology,
Integrated Mental Health,
Pain Management Center,
Medical College of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rebecca Cogwell Anderson, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of Integrated Mental Health in the Pain Management Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Clinically she is a member of a comprehensive pain management program, which encompasses treatment of musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, and headaches, working with Anesthesia, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation teams. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, use of apps, imagery recordings, and biofeedback as part of an integrated approach to address adjustment and improve function and quality of life for patients. Dr. Anderson serves as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Examining Board. She is the author of more than 70 peer reviewed articles, six book chapters and two books.

Continuing Education: The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a live webinar titled “Navigating Perception and Managing Expectations in a Changing Prescribing Environment: Addressing the Need for an Opioid Taper and Managing the Patient from an Integrative Approach” and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants register for the webinar and complete a pre-test, attend and participate, and complete an online post-test and evaluation. Participants receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.

Accreditation: The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learn more about the 2017 PCSS/AAPM webinar series.

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