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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this training appropriate to use with only one health profession?
The Interprofessional Team-based Opioid Education program is designed to be implemented with interprofessional teams of faculty, students, or practicing clinicians. Some parts of the program may be useful for a single health profession (such as use of non-stigmatizing language), but the intent of the authors is for training materials to be used with interprofessional teams. There are different versions of the training for student learners and practicing clinicians.

For what level of students is the interprofessional opioid education program appropriate?
The student-focused training is designed for students nearing the end of classroom-based training, generally the last year of a bachelor’s in nursing or master’s in social work program, the second year of medical school, and the third year of a pharmacy program. Students should have been introduced to course content related to pain management, prescription opioid medications, and working in interprofessional health care teams.

Why are parts of the curriculum password protected?
A small portion of the in-class training materials for students are password protected so students will not complete elements prior to the session where they will be working as a member of an interprofessional team. The goal is to have the team work on these assignments together, not as individuals.

Curriculum materials for faculty are password protected so student participants don’t have access to the training materials prior to the in-class session. Curriculum materials include a detailed faculty guide and KEY, PowerPoint slides, standardized patient scripts and video links to the patient cases.

Why was the training adapted for use with practicing health care teams in primary care settings?
Clinicians, particularly those practicing in rural communities, may not have as many interprofessional in-person training opportunities as their peers living in urban areas where health professions education is readily available. Participating in the clinic-based training may also help clinics review their processes and procedures related to caring for patients with chronic pain who use opioids, build teamwork, and develop improvement strategies.

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