Evidence-Based Strategies for the Management of Opioid-Induced Constipation

October 15th, 2019 - October 15th, 2020


Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is estimated to affect up to 90% of cancer patients on chronic opioid therapy.  However, patients and their providers do not often discuss constipation symptoms and management strategies.  In this case-based webcast, the faculty expert makes the clinical material more practical and applicable to everyday cancer care.  Local considerations and cultural competencies are also incorporated to improve the quality of physician-patient communication about this issue. 

Target Audience
Oncology nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and nurse specialists working in all phases of oncology care.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the prevalence, symptoms, and clinical and economic of impact of opioid-induced constipation (OIC)
  • Identify risk factors that may predispose patients to OIC 
  • Implement strategies to improve clinician-patient communication to enhance identification and management of OIC 
  • Assess current evidence and formulate evidence-based treatment plans for OIC management in cancer patients 

Activity Launch Date - 10/15/2019
Expiration Date - 10/15/2020

Supporter Acknowledgment Statement
This session is supported by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Statement of Independence
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