for Pain Professionals
Pain Education Tools
When developing an appropriate care plan for your patients, communication is key. It’s important to help your patients understand their pain and the details of their treatment plan, including the risks of abuse, misuse, and diversion. Below are tools to help support an honest, comprehensive, and responsible conversation about pain and pain management.
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Risk Reduction Strategies for Responsible Pain Management
When it comes to pain management, it’s important to stay informed of guidelines and practices. Watch this video to learn about three risk reduction strategies, including prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), urine drug testing, and tapering of opioid medication, all of which—along with other universal precautions—are critically important for responsible pain management.
Develop Deeper Dialogue With Your Patients
Pain Fact Sheet
This sheet summarizes the science behind pain in simple, easy-to-comprehend language. This fact sheet outlines the ways in which the spinal cord, brain, and nerves interact to produce the two different kinds of pain: nociceptive (tissue) and neuropathic (nerve). Use this printable and customizable sheet to help your patients understand and identify the sources and effects of their pain.
Opioid Patient Prescriber Agreement
As part of its Safe Use Initiative, the FDA has designed this tool to help create an open conversation between the patient and the prescriber about the benefits, risks, and limitations of opioid medicines. It is to be used as a decision-making tool before an opioid medicine is used for acute or persistent pain and to ensure the appropriate and safe use of opioid medicines.