HOSTED BY AFHTO & ECHO ONTARIO CHRONIC PAIN AND OPIOID STEWARDSHIP (UHN)
There is evidence that chronic opioid therapy has a negative impact on patients' quality of life and increasing the risk of serious complications like opioid use disorder, unintentional overdose and death. Tapering opioids can be challenging to the prescriber and to the patient, and there is not a lot of guidance on how to do it safely, comfortably and effectively. In this webinar, doctor Furlan will summarize the 10 years of experience of the pain clinic at Toronto Rehab UHN where she works with an interprofessional team to help patients come off long term opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain.
This webinar will address, the following:
Discuss the benefits and risks of tapering
Address common barriers to tapering opioids
Manage opioid withdrawal symptoms
Dr.Andrea Furlan, Chair of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship (UHN):
Dr. Andrea Furlan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto, and a staff physician and scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She is chair of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship at UHN/Queens She is the 2020 recipient of the Pain Excellence Award from the Pain Society of Alberta, a national award given to a clinician who “exemplifies excellence in their clinical and academic practice”.