Managing Acute Pain for Hospitalized Patients with Substance Use Disorder

Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP, describes a framework for acute pain management in the context of opioid use disorder. Dr. Liebschutz also explains best practices for managing acute pain in patients maintained on buprenorphine and discusses a novel method to switch from full opioid agonists to buprenorphine.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Recognize opioid requirements and pain needs in a patient with opioid use disorder
  • Recall the treatments needed for opioid withdrawal and acute pain
  • Explain strategies to convert a patient from full agonist opioids to buprenorphine treatment


No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 
The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 
For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary. 

ABIM MOC Part 2 Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive your ABIM MOC Part 2 credit, you will need to complete the post-test with a pass rate of 100% and provide your date of birth and ABIM number, along with the other required fields. This information will be shared with the ABIM using the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Release Date: 12/26/2019 | Last Modified On: 12/26/2022 | Expires: 12/26/2023


December 26, 2019


December 26, 2023

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Jane M. Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP

Jane M. Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine Professor of Medicine UPMC Endowed Chair of Translational Medicine and Research Director, Center for Research on Health Care Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Dermatology Director ...

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