Online Training for Healthcare Providers on Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain is a new interactive, online course from the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. Medicinal cannabis has been shown to be an effective therapy in the treatment of chronic pain. Though a legally available option in Washington State, recommendations for medicinal cannabis may be avoided by providers who lack knowledge about the potential benefits and risks of this approach in managing chronic pain, and confidence in discussion this option with their patients.

The goal of the training is to help clinicians make informed clinical decisions based on evidence-based medicine. The information provided aims to destigmatize medicinal cannabis and give providers the knowledge and tools they need to discuss this approach with patients suffering from chronic pain. Included on the training website are patient education materials and screening and clinical tools for providers. Up to 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ are available for health care providers who successfully complete the online course.

More information about this project and link to the training can be found at http://adai.uw.edu/mcacp.