Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Office of Continuing Medical Education and
Rhode Island Department of Health Academic Center


Benzodiazepines: Pharmacology to Co-Prescribing Risks and Concerns

Program Description
This five-part program will address the growing problem of benzodiazepine prescribing alone and in combination with other opioids. The program is targeted to prescribers of all controlled substances and designed to be a practical understanding of this topic as well as reminding prescribers of the pharmacological and epidemiological principles that underlay this issue. Upon completion of these modules, prescribers should change their prescribing habits to be more aligned with safer alternatives, which more appropriately address chronic conditions such as non-cancer pain, anxiety, and unique issues associated with the elderly.

Physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice pharmacists, APRNs, residents, & fellows who prescribe controlled substances.

Estimated Time to Complete each activity: between 60 and 90 minutes

View Activity    Issues in Benzodiazepine Pharmacology (90 min)
View Activity    Opioids and Benzodiazepines: An Overview of the Clinical Issues in Pain Management (60 min)
View Activity    The Role of Benzodiazepines in the Treatment of Anxiety (60 min)
View Activity   The Role of Benzodiazepines in the Elderly (60 min)
View Activity    Epidemiology of Benzodiazepine Prescribing in Rhode Island (75 min)

Release Date: September 30, 2016
Valid Through: September 30, 2018


Improving Blood Pressure Control

Accurate blood pressure measurement is a focus area for both national and local efforts including the Million Hearts Campaign and the Rhode Island Chronic Care Collaborative. Measuring blood pressure accurately is a critical skill and the first step to hypertension control. This activity will focus on why accurate technique is important, the most common sources of measurement error, which methods are most accurate for diagnosing (reviewing in office verses ambulatory measurements) and techniques to measure blood pressure in the office setting.

Practice teams including physicians, nurses, nurse care managers, medical assistants, and other team members as well as public health professionals.

Estimated Time to Complete each activity: 30 minutes

View Activity   The Importance of Measuring Blood Pressure Accurately
View Activity   Protocols for Diagnosing Hypertension

Release Date: May 16, 2016
Valid Through: May 16, 2018