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Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Pain

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Premiere Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Nurses (CNE)
  3. Pharmacists (ACPE)
  4. Other

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

Credit Expiration Date:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Amy L. Mestemaker, MDAmy L. Mestemaker, MD (Moderator)
Medical Director
HomeReach Hospice/Kobacker House
Clinical Instructor for Pain and Palliative Medicine
The Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH

Glenn I. Swimmer, PhDGlenn I. Swimmer, PhD 
PainCare of Northwest Ohio
StressCare Behavioral Health Inc.
Toledo, OH

Statement of Need

Biopsychosocial pain disorders are, by definition, disorders having three dimensions: biological, psychological, and social. Limiting the evaluation and management of a chronic pain condition to a one-dimensional biological perspective often fails to fully explain the patient’s symptoms. Consequently, assessment and management require not only the examination of the biological dimension but also of the psychological and social dimensions. These two critical aspects of pain in an individual’s life are often overlooked in the routine assessment of pain.(1)

This expert interview with two pain specialists elucidates the features and clinical management of chronic pain. In this neuroscienceCME Snack™, faculty present a challenging patient case, with supporting evidence-based content, through a recorded video combined with synchronized graphics and data to optimize the learning opportunity.

  1. Gallagher RM. Biopsychosocial pain medicine and mind-brain-body science. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004;15(4):855-82, vii. PMID: 15458757.

Activity Goal

Educate clinicians regarding the multidimensional aspects of chronic pain and pain management.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the biological, psychosocial or behavioral factors that impact the management of chronic pain.
  • Engage patients in active discussions about the psychosocial factors in their life that may influence their response to chronic pain.
  • Integrate non-pharmacological strategies into the overall pain management strategy to reduce opioid dependence and improve patient functioning.

Financial Support

CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Endo Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Inc. in support of this CE activity.

Target Audience

Physicians and health care professionals who are interested in pain management.

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 designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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. .5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs)
Universal Activity Number: 0376-0000-12-024-H01-P
Type: knowledge-based

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Disclosure Declaration

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 attempted to resolve 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. Mestemaker has no disclosures to report

Dr. Swimmer has no disclosures to report.

Howard Bliwise, MD (peer review) has no disclosures to report.

Monique D. Johnson, MD, CCMEP (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Robert Kennedy, MA (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Joy Bartnett Leffler, MLA, NASW, CSE (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sandra Haas Binford, MAEd (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff, CCMEP (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jennifer Cobb (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Unlabeled Use Disclosure

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.

CME Outfitters, LLC, the faculty, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer Inc. do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).


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