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Managing the Complex Patient with Chronic Pain for the Non-Pain Specialist

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Premiere Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Friday, November 6, 2015
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhDCharles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD 
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences
Director, Institute of Early Life Adversity Research
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

David L. Caraway, MD, PhDDavid L. Caraway, MD, PhD 
Medical Director
Center for Pain Relief
Tri State, PLLC
Huntington, WV

Statement of Need

According to Phillip Pizzo, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, “clinicians’ limited understanding of pain remains a major barrier to effective pain management.”1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four adults in the United States said that they had experienced pain lasting longer than 24 hours in the previous month, and of those, 42% said it had lasted for at least one year.2

Since pain is so ubiquitous, physicians of all specialties are likely to treat patients who present with pain symptoms and may be in need of referral, or who are also seeing a pain specialist or primary care provider who is managing their pain. This neuroscienceCME Snack offers non-pain specialists unique perspectives in chronic pain management, emphasizing the importance of applying a collaborative approach to patient care.

  1. Pizzo PA, Clark NM; Board on Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine [IOM]. Relieving pain in America: a blueprint for transforming prevention, care, education, and research. IOM Website. Published June 29, 2011. Accessed October 25, 2014.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: key statistics for chronic pain. CDC Website. Published 2002. Accessed October 25, 2014.

Activity Goal

This educational activity centers on the CME Outfitters Make One Change statement. This statement is crafted from pertinent quality measures or clinical guidelines as a performance challenge to all participants. The Make One Changestatement for this activity is:

Devise individualized treatment plans that include an assessment of all available therapies, pharmacological and nonpharmacological, for the optimal management of chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach when assessing available pain management strategies to improve the quality of life in patients with chronic pain.
  • Engage patients in shared treatment planning and development of long-term goals for pain management.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by CME Outfitters, LLC.

Target Audience

Physicians and other health care professionals with an interest in chronic pain.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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