Pain management and patient/family caregiver education in an opioid stewardship program

Opioid learning network series - session 2


The impacts of the U.S. opioid epidemic have been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a record-high number of drug overdose deaths in 2020. Pain management is a complex topic that is central to opioid stewardship and central to patient/family opioid stewardship education. Health care organizations must reevaluate their efforts to ensure patients receive multimodal pain management strategies and that the care provided is the safest and most effective for each patient. Bret Haake, M.D., MBA, vice president, medical affairs at Regions Hospital will discuss the importance of pain management and patient/family caregiver education in an opioid stewardship program. Additionally, he will provide examples of how health care organizations can engage patients/family caregivers in these discussions.


  • Learn how health care organizations can engage patients/family caregivers in discussions about pain management options including nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies
  • Understand how to use real-time education at the time of initial prescription, prescription fulfillment, and on an ongoing basis with patient/family caregivers
  • Discover how to assist patient/ family caregivers in setting realistic goals and expectations for pain management
  • Understand the importance of and how to integrate pain management and patient/family caregiver education into a health care organization’s opioid stewardship program


Alicia Gonzalez, MD, serves as emergency department medical director, Marian Regional Medical Center, regional director and clinical training lead, CA bridge program where she has contributed to the development of emergency department-based Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) programs in hospitals across California. She is the physician champion for opioid stewardship for Dignity Health and the host of the Real Talk Podcast where she helps providers share stories of their human experiences working in medicine.

Bret Haake, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs, Regions Hospital, a neurologist who has been treating patients with pain issues for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the Minnesota DHS Opioid Prescribing Work Group and has been speaking publicly about pain and opioids for a decade.

Recommended to attend

Opioid stewardship champions and health care professionals that are interested in learning about improving their organization’s opioid stewardship program, including pharmacists, emergency medicine professionals, mental health and addiction providers, physicians, nurses, and quality improvement teams.

Continuing education

As an ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor, MHA can help attending physicians and physician assistants receive continuing certification (MOC) credit from their respective specialty board for work related to opioid stewardship, including participation in this webinar.

The program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of one contact hour.


  • Complimentary for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $35 per person for associate members
  • $75 per person for nonmembers

Future events in the Opioid Learning Network series

All webinars will be held 1 - 2 p.m., CDT

  • Feb. 24 - Provider and staff education and accountability
  • Apr. 28 - Data tracking and technical support
  • Jun. 23 - Taping, opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication assisted therapy (MAT)
  • Aug 25 - Community engagement and addressing barriers in implementation and adherence

Registration deadline

Please register by noon on the day before the webinar to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

You will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect approximately four business days before the web conference. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

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When and Where
  • 12/16/2021 1:00 PM CST
  • 12/16/2021 2:00 PM CST
  • Zoom Meeting