Communicating with Patients

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 2017

This module will help increase clinicians’ knowledge of CDC recommended strategies for communicating effectively with patients about pain management and opioid use. You will learn the importance of communicating relevant information to patients, how to apply motivational interviewing to encourage changes in chronic pain management and use of opioids, how to find common ground with patients managing chronic pain, and how to properly address conflicts that sometimes arise. This activity will also provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to patient cases. Please refer to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids or Chronic Pain for additional information as needed during this training.

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