University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Pediatric Patients: An Interprofessional Learning Activity

Kenneth Fiala, BS; Marianna Shershneva, MD, PhD; Barbara Anderson, MS

WMJ. 2022;121(3):239-242

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Introduction: An innovative online course on safe opioid prescribing for pediatric patients was designed by an interprofessional team of experts for an interprofessional target audience of clinicians in Wisconsin.

Methods: The 2-hour accredited course included recorded TED Talks-style presentations and interactive patient cases. A total of 227 course completers responded to pre- and posttests and a 20-item Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Scale (ICCAS). A Fisher exact test was used to compare pre/post first-attempt test responses and a 2-tailed t test compared the before/after ratings of ICCAS statements.

Results: Improvement on pre/posttest assessment was not significant. ICCAS showed a significant increase of interprofessional competence for each statement.

Discussion: Interprofessional learning can be effectively incorporated in opioid-related continuing education.

Author Affiliations: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), Madison, Wisconsin (Fiala); Office of Continuing Professional Development, UWSMPH, Madison, Wis (Shershneva, Anderson).
Corresponding Author: Marianna Shershneva, MD, PhD, Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 750 Highland Ave, Rm 1174, Madison, WI 53705; phone 608.262.5318; email
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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