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Applying Patient-Centered Pain Care to Practice: A Case of Unexplained Pain Onset

Premiere Date: Friday, December 23, 2022

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. ABIM (MOC)
  2. Family Physicians (AAFP)
  3. Medicine (accme)
  4. Nursing (ANCC)
  5. Pharmacy (acpe)
  6. Dentists (ADA CERP)
  7. PA (aapa)
  8. Other

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

Credit Expiration Date:
Saturday, December 23, 2023


Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAMMelissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM (Moderator)
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health
Medical Director, Addiction Medicine Consult Service
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

Johnathan H. Goree, MDJohnathan H. Goree, MD 
Director of Chronic Pain Division
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Little Rock, AR

Statement of Need

Effective management of chronic pain requires an understanding of the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms that contribute to the sensation of pain. Identifying the different types of pain a patient is experiencing is essential to choosing the appropriate management approach for an individual patient. Practical implementation of diagnostic and assessment tools for differentiation between nociceptive, neuropathic and nociceptive pain can be challenging for clinicians due to time constraints and lack of training. Additionally, distinguishing acute and chronic pain pathways, as well as differentiating acute, subacute (a new term introduced in the 2022 updates to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain), and chronic pain are vital pieces to the puzzle of optimal pain management.

This first installment of a REMS BriefCase series will provide learners with an in-depth review of the underpinnings of pain, implementing a workflow for pain evaluation and risk assessment tools, and how to incorporate multimodal treatment plans in practice to improve the overall health-related quality of life (HRQL) 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.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies.

Please click here for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Target Audience

Physicians, surgeons, dentists, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

AAFP Credit (Family Physicians):
The AAFP has reviewed Applying Patient-Centered Pain Care to Practice: A Case of Unexplained Pain Onset and deemed it acceptable for up to 0.50 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 12/30/2022 to 12/30/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

AAFP Credit:
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 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.

Learning Formats
Enduring material

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

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.

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and mitigated any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Weimer reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: CVS Health and Path CCM, Inc.

Dr. Goree reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Abbott Neuromodulation; Saluda Medical; and Stratus Medical, LLC

Research Support: Mainstay Medical and SPR Therapeutics

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:

  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • Thomas W. Heinrich, MD (planning committee AAFP)
  • Evan Luberger (planning committee)
  • Kellie Busby, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Kasey Brandt, PharmDr (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

  • Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

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