Current Clinical Challenges in Cancer Pain Management
Opioid abuse is an increasing concern in the US; drug poisoning remains the leading cause of injury-related death with the number of opioid overdose deaths increasing in recent years; however, in the context of this crisis, patient access to much-needed pain medication must be protected. Furthermore, racial bias results in inadequate pain management for patients in minority racial and ethnic groups. To ensure safe and appropriate access to opioid pain medications for their patients, clinicians need to understand the benefits of opioids and develop strategies to ensure adequate pain management for patients in minority ethnic groups and those at risk for opioid misuse.
This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses who manage patients with cancer.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss considerations for prescribing controlled substances during an opioid epidemic.
- Identify disparities in the prescription of controlled substances and groups that are at risk for inadequate management of cancer pain.
- Develop methods to reduce disparities and encourage safe prescription of opioids and other controlled substances for the management of cancer pain.
Erin McMenamin, PhD, CRNP
Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of NCCN that every 12 months, all faculty, moderators, activity planners and all internal planning staff participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any financial relationships with a commercial interest. In addition, all faculty presentations have been reviewed to ensure education is fair and balanced and that clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care. Individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter.
NCCN continuing education considers financial relationships to create a conflict of interest when an individual has both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect continuing education content about the products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
NCCN continuing education considers relevant financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. NCCN does not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.
All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.
The faculty listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Erin M. McMenamin, PhD, CRNP
NCCN Staff Disclosures
The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Mike Abrams; Melissa Esplen; Mark A. Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Karen Kanefield; Lisa Perfidio, MS; Shannon Ryan, CMP; Kathy Ann Smith, CHCP; Sarah Weinstein
The NCCN Clinical staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Colleen Erb MSN, RN, AOCNP; Lisa Gurski, PhD; Beth Lynn
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 contact hour.
- 0.75 ANCC contact hours
- 0.75 Participation
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