First Do No Harm: Optimizing Pain Relief with Opioids while Minimizing Risk


1 hr



# of Credits



MOC - Section 3

Expiry Date


Prescribers of opioids are often in the position of determining if the benefits of an opioid exceed the risk of prescribing. Developed in collaboration with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, this program was designed to provide physicians with common patient scenarios, provide expert commentary on the specific issues and allow physicians to share how they would manage these patient cases.

This program was co-developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and mdBriefCase Group, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Royal College CPD Unit. You may claim a maximum of 1 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

  • Craig Campbell (MD, FRCPC),
  • Peter Selby (MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, dip ABAM),
  • Susan Brien (MD, MEd, CSPQ, FRCSC, CPE)

After successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Appraise the benefits and risks of opioid therapy for non-cancer pain
  • Discuss the responsibilities of physicians prescribing opioids
  • Initiate opioids based on current chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) guidelines
  • Construct treatment pathways for patients experiencing issues from opioids

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