NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids — A New Adaptive Learning Module

New England Journal of Medicine (04/10/19) Hamnvik, Ole-Petter R.; Alford, Daniel P.; Ryan, Catherine T.; et al.

Massachusetts-based medical experts have announced the launch of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids adaptive learning module, available here at no charge. They describe the module, co-developed with Boston University School of Medicine's Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program as having "more than 60 case-based questions on pain management, safer prescribing of opioid analgesics, and the recognition and treatment of opioid use disorder." Collaboration with the SCOPE of Pain team ensures unbiased content, and the module follows the NEJM Knowledge+ Board Review in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine module by including an active testing-based learning platform for more efficient knowledge retention. The module's adaptive learning algorithm spots individual learners' knowledge gaps by analyzing their responses and confidence level, then provides tailored content to bridge those gaps. They hope this success will help clinicians offer the best possible care for patients with pain, while lowering risks of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder. "The module may also help most clinicians fulfill their state education requirements in these areas and earn Continuing Medical Education credits, ABIM Maintenance of Certification points, and American Academy of Family Physicians Prescribed credits," the authors conclude.

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