Using Treatment Agreements and Urine Drug Testing in Chronic Pain: Why, When, and How?

July 29, 2015

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Presenter(s): Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY

About the webinar: Two tools that healthcare providers may use to promote both safety and compliance regarding opioid prescriptions are written patient agreements and urine drug tests.  Written patient agreements, when used correctly, foster good communication with the patient by explaining the overall goals, treatment plan, responsibilities of both the patient and the healthcare provider, and conditions for discontinuing use of opioids as a treatment plan. Urine drug tests identify undisclosed drug use and confirm adherence to prescribed opioids, however, interpreting results of opioid testing is sometimes complex. This presentation will provide guidelines to help healthcare providers use these two tools effectively.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe current guidelines and evidence about using treatment agreements and urine drug testing for patients with chronic pain.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients about expectations about prescribing opioid therapy.
  • Illustrate appropriate ordering of urine drug tests and interpreting the results.

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July 29, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Joanna L. Starrels, MD, MS
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Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY
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