Palliative Care

You will be able to claim credit for all components of "Virtual Opioid Rounds: A Multidisciplinary Approach" you complete at the end of the course. The Palliative Care component contains a presentation you must watch and a quiz to take in order to claim credit. 


Patients with serious illnesses such as advanced cancer, chronic organ failure, or dementia are at risk for poorly controlled pain and dyspnea.  Often these patients require opioid therapy in order to manage these symptoms, especially as their underlying advanced illness progresses.  In order to prescribe opioids in a safe and effective manner for these patients, clinicians need to have comprehensive clinical knowledge regarding various types of opioids, routes of opioid therapy, dosing of opioid therapy, and how to modify opioid therapy as their symptoms evolve with the underlying illness.  In this module, users can attain 1.0 hours of CME credit after successful completion of the following:

  1. Content review of ten Fast Facts and Concepts covering the following topics:
    1. Best practices for opioid dose escalation in seriously ill patients
    2. Subcutaneous opioids
    3. Opioid dose conversions
    4. Sublingual morphine
    5. Range orders for as needed opioid prescriptions in seriously ill patients
    6. Counseling patients on opioid side effects and driving restrictions.
    7. Oral opioid orders
    8. Clinical pearls for prescribing scheduled II controlled medications such as opioids
    9. Opioid pharmacokinetics
    10. Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations

Target Audience

This course is designed for members of the MCW community - MCW Faculty, MCP, CSG, CMG, CP and Zablocki VA physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with a current DEA certificate and who prescribe opioids for pain management.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe starting doses for two oral and two parenteral opioids in palliative care.
  • List three opioid equi-analgesic and dose escalation principles
  • Describe three principles of writing opioid prescription orders in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Additional information


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Sean Marks, MD
Associate Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director
Editor-in-Chief Fast Facts and Concepts


Dr. Marks does not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


This module is worth 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1(TM) credits, AANP contact hours, and AAPA credits.

Credits can be claimed once you have completed all the modules you have chosen. 


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