Treating Pain in the Patient with Opioid Use Disorder

  1. Providers are required to have 3 hours of training on opioids as part of licensing requirements for the Massachusetts board of registration in medicine.
  2. Varied practice around use opioids for acute or chronic pain in the general population when not utilizing clear guidelines.
  3. Lack of knowledge and confidence in diagnosing as well as providing treatment for opioid use disorder.
  4. Suboptimal pain management in patients with opioid use disorder and acute pain leading to poor outcomes

Target Audience

This activity in intended for physicians across the Mass General Brigham system.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define opioid use disorder (OUD) and stigma in the context of OUD
  2. Identify risks associated with undertreatment of pain in hospitalized patients with OUD
  3. Utilize strategies to maximize effective pain management in patients with OUD during hospitalization and transitions of care
  4. Create pain management plans for patients with OUD that account for the pharmacologic properties of medications for OUD

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 ABS MOC II
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Evan Gale, MD

Medical Director, MGH Addiction Consult Team (ACT)
Massachusetts General Hospital

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Lifelong Learning Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirement of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

Disclosure Summary of Relevant Financial Relationships

The following planners have reported no relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company:

Evan Gale, MD

The following speakers have reported no relevant financial relationships an ineligible company:

Evan Gale, MD

Available Credit

  • 0.50 ABS MOC II
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation


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