Publication date: 
Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 11:15am EST ·

Opioid vs. Non-opioids for Osteoarthritis Pain-Related Function

A recent 12-month study compared the use opioid medication and non-opioid medication for the treatment of 240 Veterans Affairs primary care clinic patients with moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain despite analgesic use.  Findings: The two groups did not differ significantly on pain-related function -the primary outcome. Pain intensity was significantly better in the non-opioid group.  Additionally, adverse medication-related symptoms were more common in the opioid group. Researchers’ Conclusion: "Treatment with opioids was not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months. Results do not support initiation of opioid therapy for moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain."

Publication date: 
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018 5:15pm EST ·

Antibiotic Stewardship Course for Healthcare Providers

This interactive web-based, four-part program is designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety. This course will include information about antibiotic resistance and threats and a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. Objectives include:  Optimize antibiotic prescribing and use to protect patients and combat the threat of antibiotic resistance; inform healthcare professionals about proper antibiotic use;  encourage open discussion among physicians and patients. Open to all clinicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, certified health educators, and public health practitioners with an MPH.  Earn 8 hours of free CE.