CPD for Improved Opioid Prescribing

    CPD for Improved Opioid Prescribing

    Project Summary

    Prescription opioids have become primary drugs of misuse and diversion in many Canadian communities. Hundreds of preventable deaths can be traced to prescription opioids, and their misuse has crippled interactions in many communities. This project is aimed at equipping physicians to be safe and prudent prescribers of prescription opioid drugs, applying optimal prescribing practices and building in tested safeguards. The intention is to develop a multi-pronged educational intervention – online learning modules, small group case discussion, practice QA and QI activities – that will solidify optimal opioid prescribing practices as the accepted standard of care within local health systems.

    Project Objectives

    • Improve the baseline knowledge and skills of physicians in all aspects of opioid prescribing – drug selection, dosing, duration, monitoring of side effects and addiction risk.
    • Peer support for difficult prescribing situations.
    • Evaluate the efficacy of several approaches and combinations of approaches.
    • Development of practice assessment skills using opioid prescribing as an example topic.


    Start Date:12/1/2015
    Anticipated End Date:6/30/2016
    • Sponsor / Lead Organization
    • The College of Family Physicians of Canada

    Interested in Learning More? Email Dr. Jamie Meuser directly at jmeuser@cfpc.ca