Hospice and palliative care professionals have long identified concerns about drug diversion and misuse as challenging issues for patients with advanced illness. Symptoms related to end-stage disease are often treated with restricted medications. Such therapies can inadvertently increase suffering by exacerbating substance use disorders (SUD). Providing quality care and maintaining a sense of well-being can be further complicated by loved ones having SUD issues of their own. This Webinar will explore ways to balance these challenging issues by providing strategies for assessing and managing the risk for misuse, diversion, and SUD in patients treated for pain.

Learning Outcomes

      • Describe the features of substance misuse for patients and/or family
      • List three risk factors for developing a substance use disorder
      • Describe three interventions to curb misuse and reduce the likelihood of diversion



Dr. Davis is an independent palliative care physician and a Clinical Associate Professor at Drexel University School of Medicine. She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with MS (Neuroanatomy) and DO degrees. She then completed an internal medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and a palliative medicine fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center (NY) before starting a medical practice in the Philadelphia, PA region. She is Board Certified in internal, hospice and palliative, and addiction medicine. Dr. Davis is a prior Chair of the AAHPM Substance Use Disorder and Diversion (SUDD) SIG and an instructor with ASAM’s ASAM Criteria ® course. She serves on several national and state committees and speaks nationally on substance misuse in the setting of serious illness, quality improvement, biomedical ethics, and the provision of quality medical care. Dr. Davis is also an advocate for intelligent healthcare reform, working with organizations and regional and national legislators to improve our medical system.

CE/CME Information

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.