Knowledge of opioid safety is an essential clinical practice competency for all prescribers of opioids. In light of the increasing death rates from opioid overdose and increasing rates of opioid abuse, improved education about safe opioid prescribing is necessary.
COPE-REMS is a continuing medical education offered through the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. This online interactive course is aimed at opioid prescribing providers—including physicians, registered nurses, ARNPs, physician assistants, psychologists—and other care managers who are involved in treating patients with chronic non-cancer pain. The approach of the COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) program is to promote a shared decision-making approach between providers and patients. Course content covers opioid safety requirements as described by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its 2012 approval of a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. COPE-REMS uses realistic video vignettes of providers and patients to demonstrate clinical practice through a self-paced tutorial course.
This course is an expanded version of the online interactive course called COPE, one of the few online courses on opioid prescribing to have been tested and proven effective in a clinical trial. (1)
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
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The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The course includes a pretest; 6 chapters of audiovisual content; a post-test for those desiring CME credit, and a comprehensive resources section.
Development of COPE resources is led by Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, a leading pain specialist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington as well as a clinician at the UW’s Center for Pain Relief.
The University of Washington School of Medicine gratefully acknowledges receipt of educational grant support for this activity from Pfizer, Inc.; Mallinckrodt, Inc., a Covidien Company; and Endo Pharmaceuticals. Copyright © 2013 University of Washington. All Rights Reserved. COPE-REMS was developed by Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; and Laura Cooley, MA, Director, COPE Online Education, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. COPE-REMS builds upon the UW CME course known as COPE. Copyright © 2006 University of Washington. All Rights Reserved.
COPE-REMS builds upon the online CME course COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) developed by Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, with assistance from Barak Gaster, MD, and supported by grants from the Greenwall Foundation, Aetna Inc, Ortho-McNeil®, and Johnson & Johnson. Copyright © 2006 University of Washington. All Rights Reserved.
The University of Washington School of Medicine endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the guidelines of the Association of American Colleges that the sponsors of continuing medical education activities and the planners and speakers at these activities disclose significant relationships with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations. Significant relationships include receiving from a commercial company research grants, consultancies, honoraria and travel, or other benefits or having a self-managed equity interest in a company. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.
The UW staff listed below have indicated they do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD
Laura Cooley, MA
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To obtain CME course credit, course participants must complete a post-test and pass with a score of 80% or better (20 out of 25). They will then receive a printable certificate.
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COPE-REMS course was released on April 23, 2013 and is approved for designation of CME credit through April 23, 2015.
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