THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC:
PAIN AS THE FIFTH VITAL SIGN

Free dental continuing education course hosted by Dental CE Academy
Available Live interactive and On Demand Dental CE Webinar
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TITLE:  THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: PAIN AS THE FIFTH VITAL SIGN

COURSE FEE:  Free

CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 1 credit

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  157 Substance Abuse, 134 Chemical Dependency  

MODE: Electronically Mediated | Live interactive webinar.

SPEAKER: Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS  (Bio below)

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser

COURSE SUMMARY: A free dental continuing education course hosted by Dental CE Academy

In 2000, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals accepted pain as the “fifth vital sign” and the norm became the idea that pain management and opioids were synonymous. Evidence suggests, (based on qualitative studies) and supports the idea that some providers feel pressured to prescribe opioids to ensure overall patient satisfaction.  Pain management was subsequently embedded in patient satisfaction questionnaires. Patient satisfaction, now integrally linked to perceived pain, became used as the formula for medicare/medicaid reimbursement. This course will discuss the unintended consequences of health care policy that helped to fuel the opioid epidemic. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  1. Review the three driving forces that resulted in quadrupling of opioids prescribed

  2. Define "pain" as the fifth vital sign

  3. Define the concept of oligoanalgesia

  4. Describe the lack of efficacy of the NRS as a pain-screening tool

  5. List the many factors according to the American Medical Association that have contributed to the opioid crisis.

 

About the Speaker: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy administered by Virtual Dontics®. She completed dental school training at the University of California, San Francisco; during the height of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Dr. Roling is credited as an early pioneer of Teledentistry. Her clinical practice spans pediatrics to geriatrics. Previously an Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF; and Public Health Preceptor, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Dr. Roling also held the position as Chief for the Office of Oral Health, Maricopa County, Department of Public Health where she administed the nation's largest pediatric oral health prevention programs for the third largest U.S. public health department. As a mobile dental provider, she commanded a large teledentistry practice to treat homebound geriatric patients. She is a recipient of the Pediatric Oral Health Access Program (POHAP) scholarship and provided dental services pro bono to at risk infants and foster children. She has completed certification through the American Dental Education Association in conjunction with the Academy of Academy Leadership and Institute for Allied Health Educators "Advances in Educational Methodology." In 2017 she was published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, and in 2018 interviewed on National Public Radio. 

Disclosure of Speaker and Faculty Commercial Relationships: According to Dental CE Academy's  Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.

Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure of Speaker:  Dr. Kirsten Roling, DDS; is the Chief Education Officer for Dental CE Academy.  She is not paid an honorarium, and is financially associated with Dental CE Academy. This course receives no sponsor support.

Dental CE Academy Disclaimer:  The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy or its parent company, Virtual Dontics®. Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based upon the speaker's own clinical experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.    Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding. 

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