Finding Balance: Opioid Prescribing in Palliative Care

Pain is a common symptom in patients with serious illness or at end of life. Oftentimes, pain is severe and requires opioids to manage it. Prescribing opioids in the current landscape presents dynamic challenges in the setting of the opioid crisis and the related social and regulatory changes regarding opioid use. Palliative care patients at any stage in their disease trajectory

deserve adequate pain management as well as optimal safety when it comes to opioid prescribing. In this course, we will discuss the impact and consideration of the opioid crisis on opioid prescribing for patients receiving palliative care. Patient cases will be used to highlight best practices in opioid prescribing for patients at different points along the palliative care trajectory and with different risk factors for opioid misuse.

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uritsky 400

Tanya J. Uritsky

 PharmD, BCPS

Tanya Uritsky, PharmD, CPE is the Opioid Stewardship Coordinator at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was a founding member of the Palliative Care Service. She is Co-Chair of the Penn Medicine Opioid Task Force and also the Chair of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care’s Opioid Stewardship Taskforce. She was awarded Palliative Care Practitioner of the Year by PAINWeek in 2015 and received the 2020 Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists Joe E. Smith Award for excellence in practice and service to the community and pharmacy profession.

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