Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations

A Guide for Effective Dosing

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Praised by practitioners, students, and instructors for its engaging approach to teaching a very complex subject, Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing, has long been the go-to guide for learning how to calculate opioid conversions. Now in its second edition, this reference written by pain management expert Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, is a must-have for clinicians involved in pain management at all levels. 

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Praised by practitioners, students, and instructors for its engaging approach to teaching a very complex subject, Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing, has long been the go-to guide for learning how to calculate opioid conversions. Now in its second edition, this reference is a must-have for clinicians involved in pain management at all levels.

Written by pain management expert Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations focuses on the calculations that practitioners use in actual practice, providing realistic scenarios for decision making. The revised edition covers the entire spectrum of opioid analgesics used to manage patients with moderate-to-severe pain and serious life-­limiting illnesses. 

New in this edition:

  • Learning objectives and practice problems with solutions in each chapter
  • New clinical cases throughout, including detailed discussions of cases that demonstrate errors in opioid dose calculations
  • Expanded information on less commonly used opioids, including levorphanol and nalbuphine
  • Important summary points at the end of each chapter
  • Updated pearls, pitfalls, and fast facts

Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations, Second Edition, is designed to help practitioners including pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and others develop a high level of skill in performing the required mathematical calculations associated with opioid conversions, plus the confidence to safely and effectively manage their patients’ needs for pain relief.

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE

Mary Lynn McPherson is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. She serves as a consultant pharmacist for both local and national hospice and palliative care programs, and has designed a critical thinking process for appropriate drug use in end-of-life patients. She serves on the boards of the Hospice Network of Maryland and the Maryland Pain Initiative. McPherson is also the Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Pain Educators. 

Dr. McPherson teaches extensively in the PharmD curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. McPherson also serves as a primary care pharmacist and Director of Pharmacotherapy Services at UniversityCare Waxter in Baltimore. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the United States. 

McPherson is a Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. McPherson is board certified in Pharmacotherapy, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and a Certified Pain Educator. She has received many honors for her work, including the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice, the Maryland Pharmacists Association Innovative Practice Award, and the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists W. Purdum Lifetime Achievement Award. She has written four books and many chapters and peer-reviewed articles on pain management, palliative care, and other topics.

"…attention fellow palliative medicine enthusiasts: buy it, read it, reference it over and over. Use Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations to frame your clinic and your fellowship teachings and use it to bolster your own practice. It is an excellent use of both your money and your desk space.”

Bethany C. Calkins, MD, FAAAPM, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2020

 

“It provides useful conversion charts, medication formulation lists, equations, renal function considerations, drug-drug interactions, and key clinical pearls. It is written in a clear and succinct style for easy reading.”

Ryan B Feeney, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Doody's Review Service, 2019