Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management for Pharmacists

Pharmacists play a key role in assisting patients experiencing chronic non-cancer pain.  Through an exploration of key factors influencing patients’ pain and medication experiences, participants will acquire the skills needed to implement a systematic approach to pain management. This course places a strong emphasis on promoting safe opioid use, with a focus on universal precautions and risk factors for opioid use disorder.




This course provides a brief overview of the types of chronic non-cancer pain. Participants will discover approaches to managing chronic non-cancer pain . Universal precautions for safer opioid use and what to look out for to identify opioid use disorder will also be discussed. Additionally, you will gain insights on how to communicate effectively with chronic pain patients and approaches to address stigma. The course empowers pharmacists to use their full scope and to provide comprehensive support for patients navigating chronic non-cancer pain.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast types of chronic non-cancer pain
  • Identify key factors that impact patients’ pain and medication experience
  • Apply a systematic approach for management of chronic non-cancer pain
  • Describe universal precautions for safer opioid use
  • Assess for signs and symptoms of opioid use disorder
  • Engage and collaborate with patients and prescribers with clarity and empathy
  • Utilize full scope of practice (including CDSA exemptions) to support patients

Course Outline:

  • Learning Module (2 hours)
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Reflective Exercise
  • Program Evaluation


Course at a Glance:

Who Should Take This Course:

Pharmacists who are or will be supporting patients with chronic non-cancer pain. 

Development Team:

Cancelation Policy:

Please refer to OPA’s Terms and Conditions of Purchase for cancellation policies.