Management of Opioid-Induced Adverse Effects in Palliative Care

Management of Opioid-Induced Adverse Effects in Palliative Care 

Opioids are commonly used in advanced disease to manage pain and respiratory symptoms. Most clinicians are familiar with their side effects and standard management however refractory symptoms and introduction of patient-specific factors complicate the average consult.  Following the review of drug-, age- and disease-specific attributes, and through patient case-based application, clinicians will enhance their skills in the management of opioid-induced adverse effects.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (0 Match)

Course Details

Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Recognize at least 3 drug-related and 3 patient-related attributes that contribute to opioid-related adverse effects.
Summarize at least 3 recommended treatment approaches to manage refractory opioid-related adverse effects
Provided a patient case scenario, assess actual and potential opioid-induced adverse effects and recommend appropriate management.


Common opioid-related adverse effects

Drug-related attributes 

Age-related attributes

Disease-related attributes


Prevention and initial management of symptoms

Management of refractory symptoms


Patient case examples



Urinary Retention


Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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