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Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment

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Overview / Abstract:

Statement of Need

The number of opioid related deaths in the US is on the rise and health care providers (HCPs) often struggle finding a balance between prescribing guidelines and the individual needs of patients with acute and/or chronic pain. It’s imperative that clinicians seeing patients with pain are knowledgeable about acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms so that they may appropriately assess and manage pain.

Biopsychosocial assessment tools such as PEG (Pain, Employment of Life, General Activity) are important to determining underlying causes to a patient’s pain; while verbal and visual scales reveal a pain score, measuring things like anxiety, depression, and side effects of any medications can help determine a patient’s functionality and quality f life, making it less difficult for HCPs to treat a patient’s pain.

In this free CME Snack, Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos highlight the importance of helping patients function better so that they can return to a normal day-to-day life and discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so clinicians can both augment top-down inhibition of pain and reduce catastrophic reactions in patients with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain.
- Educate patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit:
- Explain acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms and how they relate to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain.

Financial Support
Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who manage patients with acute and chronic pain.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Credit (Family Physicians):
This Enduring Material activity, "Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment", has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 02/25/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
ACPE CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 0.25 contact hours (0.025 CEUs) Universal Activity Number:
Enduring: 0376-0000-19-010-H01-P

Type: Knowledge-based

ABIM/MOC Credit:
MOC Points available for Internal Medicine and General Medicine Board Certified Physicians.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

For information about ACCME accreditation and ABIM MOC for this activity, please email Learning Format:
Enduring activity

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MIPS Improvement Activity: This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

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Mar 01, 2020


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Mark S. Gold, MD
Steven P. Stanos, DO

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Acute Care, Behavioral Medicine, Dentistry General, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Overdose (Drug), Pain Management, Primary Care, Substance Abuse / Dependence, Surgery

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Johnson & Johnson

Keywords / Search Terms

CME Outfitters, LLC opioids, addiction, pain management, acute pain, chronic pain, pain, overdose, opioid, behavioral health, mental health, psychiatry, primary care Free CE CME Live CE CME

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