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Pain Management: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities

Premiere Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Certified Case Managers (CCMC)
  2. ABIM (MOC)
  3. ABA (MOC)
  4. ABS
  5. Medicine (accme)
  6. Nursing (ANCC)
  7. Pharmacy (acpe)
  8. Dentists (ADA CERP)
  9. PA (aapa)
  10. Other

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

Credit Expiration Date:
Monday, December 1, 2025


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MScMonica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc (Moderator)
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Charles Vega, MD, FAAFPCharles Vega, MD, FAAFP 
Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education
Director, UCI Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)
University of California Irvine (UCI)
Irvine, CA

Statement of Need

Quality of life (QoL) depends greatly on adequate pain management. Without sufficient care, patients dealing with chronic pain suffer in every station of their lives, ranging from personal to professional. Despite the importance of optimal pain management, health inequities persist. Following a pain management activity, 94% of learners recognized that pain intensity is underestimated in Black and Native American patients, compared to 35% in a pre-survey. These data demonstrate the value of starting at the groundwater level to build a foundation of knowledge on unconscious bias, myths, and disparities. Additionally, clinicians need to adopt new strategies to build trust with their patients and accurately assess social determinants of health (SDoH) which greatly impact outcomes for patients with chronic pain.

In this BriefCase installment of a diversity, equity, and inclusion series, Drs. Peek and Vega will focus on identifying the overall impact of health inequities on optimal pain management, as well as individualizing management strategies to accurately assess pain, SDoH, and treatment goals in all patients with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the impact of health inequities on pain management.
  • Individualize treatment strategies that include assessment of SDoH to improve patient pain management outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, dentists, PAs, NPs, nurses, pharmacists specializing in pain management, primary care, anesthesiology, surgery, emergency medicine, or addiction medicine.

Credit Information

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been approved for .5 hours by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 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.

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. Peek reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Vega reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: GSK and Johnson & Johnson

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:
  • Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockardr (planning committee)
  • Evan Luberger (planning committee)
  • Kasey Brandt, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (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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