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Mental Health & Opioid Use Disorder: Using the PMP to improve patient-centered care & communication

Prescribers Online Learning Series

Patients in Texas seeking primary care for physical pain often have co-occurring mental health concerns that affect their overall wellbeing. Health care providers report having limited guidance and tools for effectively serving patients with mental health concerns and referring to appropriate treatment. This professional practice gap is further complicated when physicians have to consider prescription of controlled substances, which involve the risk of drug interaction and misuse. The Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)is a tool that can support health care providers’ analysis of this intersecting issues, especially when paired with resources to support best practices in effective communication with their patients.

After viewing this video module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between mental health, physical pain, and opioid use disorder

  • Use PMP data to initiate non-stigmatizing conversations with patients about mental health and opioids

  • Increase awareness of coordinate care for mental health services

David Ring

David Ring, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care, Professor, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Ring’s Bio
Dr. Ring’s Financial Disclosure

Fiona Conway, Ph.D.

Fiona Conway, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Conway’s Bio
Dr. Conway’s Financial Disclosure

Michael Mackert, Ph.D.

Executive Director, The Center for Health Communication at The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Mackert’s Bio
Dr. Mackert’s CV
Dr. Mackert’s Financial Disclosure

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Credit Hours: 1.0 CDE

Teaching Method: Self-Instruction
Includes Pre and Post Tests

Cost: Free

Dates of the presentation recording: April 28, 2022, and May 23, 2022

Date of Original Release: August 31, 2022

Date of expiration: August 31, 2025

AGD Subject Code: 157

Speakers’ Disclosure – Michael Mackert, Ph.D., and Fiona Conway, Ph.D. did not report relevant financial relationships or disclose conflicts of interest relating to the educational content of this presentation.

David Ring, M.D., Ph.D. reported, Royalties: Skeletal Dynamics; Wolters Kleuwer; Deputy Editor for Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research and for Journal of Orthopedic Trauma; Honoraria for lectures, and Medicolegal consultant.

The planning committee members of this educational activity, Jeremy Martin, MPAff, Eileen Artigas, MS, William “Nick” Brothers, and Jessica Hughes Wagner, MPH MCHES, have no financial conflicts of interest to disclose relating to the educational content of this series.

Jeremy Martin, MPAff
Eileen Artigas, MS
William “Nick” Brothers
Jessica Hughes Wagner, MPH MCHES

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Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of the (Texas Oral Health Coalition) and the (The University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Communication, Moody College of Communication) The (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.) is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. 


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