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Pain Management Learning Hub

Pain Management

Health care professionals have long struggled to effectively assess and manage pain within the broader context of clinical uncertainty, biopsychosocial complexity, and societal stigma. The staggering rise of opioid use and misuse has added even more urgency to the need for appropriate and effective pain management.

Explore these peer-to-peer learning materials to advance your skills in pain management.


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The ACP Pain Management Learning Series

This series consists of 7 core modules and 2 sets of case studies. The core modules use evidence-based and patient-centered pain management principles to help physicians assess and manage pain. The sets of case studies provide opportunities to practice skills necessary for pain assessment, diagnostic differentials, treatment plans, and patient-centered communication.

Although the modules progress in a linear fashion, each is designed to stand alone and can be viewed independently.

Modules and CME/MOC credit are free to ACP Members. Nonmembers may purchase access to claim CME/MOC credit for each module for $25 or the full package of 7 learning modules and 2 sets of case studies for $199. Note: Many of the materials on this page have been approved for MOC by multiple boards.

ACP Pain Management Cases: Low Back Pain

2 CME

Three case studies provide interactive training on assessment and treatment to improve pain, function, and mood for patients with low back pain.

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Case Study Low Back Pain

ACP Pain Management Cases: Knee Pain

2 CME

Three case studies provide interactive training on assessment and treatment to improve pain, function, and mood for patients with knee pain.

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Case Study Knee Pain

ACP Pain Management 1: Pain Fundamentals

1 CME

Refresh your understanding of pain pathophysiology, risk factors for development of chronic pain, and clinical principles guiding care for individuals with chronic pain.

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Pain Fundamentals

ACP Pain Management 2: Pain Assessment

2.5 CME

Use evidence-based tools to assess pain, function, and mood for patients with chronic pain.

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Pain Assessment

ACP Pain Management 3: Pain Management Principles

2 CME

Identify principles of effective patient-centered care for chronic pain, including shared decision making, goal setting, and behavioral change management.

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Pain Management Principles

ACP Pain Management 4: Nonpharmacologic Therapies

2 CME

Learn about therapeutic exercise and other nonsurgical modalities used to alleviate pain.

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Nonpharmacologic Therapies

ACP Pain Management 5: Nonopioid Pharmacotherapy

2 CME

Review medication selection principles, conversation frameworks, considerations for specific pain syndromes, and pharmacotherapy considerations related to concomitant conditions.

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Nonopioid Pharmacotherapy

ACP Pain Management 6: Opioid Therapy

4 CME

Learn considerations for appropriate prescription of opioids for the treatment of pain, including how to initiate and adjust opioid therapy, how to identify and mitigate side effects and risks, when to taper, and how to taper or discontinue safely.

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Opioid Therapy

ACP Pain Management 7: Opioid Use Disorder

5 CME

Review evidence-based approaches to care for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD), including those persons with co-occurring chronic pain.

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Opioid Use Disorder
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Recorded Video Presentations

This ongoing series of expert-driven presentations provides supplementary information related to various aspects of pain management or specific pain conditions. Free to members, $25 for nonmembers.

Current Presentations:
  • Back Pain: Get Your Patient Back in the Game 1 CME: Obidiugwu Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS, discusses the prevalence, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic low back pain. This session was originally presented at IMM 2019.
  • Chronic Pain: Beyond Opioids 1 CME: Cindy A. McGeary, PhD, ABPP and Donald McGeary, PhD, ABPP discuss the full spectrum of chronic pain from its epidemiology through assessment and treatment. This presentation was recorded for IMM 2020 and was included as part of the CME30 Package.
  • Osteoarthritis: What Works? 1 CME: Eric Ruderman, MD, discusses the prevalence and impact of osteoarthritis and current best practices for treatment and pain mitigation.

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Pain Management Learning Collaborative

ACP’s Center for Quality is engaging practices in New Jersey and Minnesota in pain management quality improvement projects utilizing the ACP Advance Quality Improvement Curriculum. Relevant materials and findings from the projects will be added here as they become available.


Advisory Committee

This project has been supported and guided by the interdisciplinary ACP Pain Management Advisory Committee. Learn more

Advisory Committee

Rosie Bartel
Patient Advisor and Author
Chilton, Wisconsin

Jason Beneciuk, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida
Interim Director
Brooks – PHHP Research Collaboration
Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Research Center

Roger Chou, MD
Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
Director Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon

Ann Garment, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
New York, New York

Barbara Kivowitz, MSW
Patient Family Advisor and Author
San Francisco, CA

Heather Laird-Fick MD, MPH, FACP
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Director of Assessment, Shared Discovery Curriculum
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Lansing, Michigan

Tara Jo Manal PT, DPT, FAPTA
Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training
Associate Professor
Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department
Newark, Delaware

Charles Reznikoff, MD, FACP
Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN

Lisa A. Wallace MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
ChristianaCare Health System
Addiction Consult Liaison Service
Newark, DE

Daniel Zlott, PharmD
Senior Vice President, Education and Business Development
American Pharmacists Association
Washington, DC

ACP Staff Advisory Committee Member

Davoren Chick, MD, FACP
Senior Vice President, Medical Education
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Crowley
Senior Associate, Health Policy

Nick Gogno
Manager, CME and Instructional Design

Kara Regis
Manager, Digital Products and Services

Cheryl Rusten, MPA
Manager, Medical Education

Tabassum Salam, MD, FACP, MBA
Vice President, Medical Education

Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD, FACP
Vice President, Medical Education
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Selam Wubu, MPH
Director, Center for Quality


Accreditation

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Learn more

Accreditation

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates each enduring material for the number AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ listed below. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of each CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to the indicated number of 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.

  • Pain Fundamentals: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Pain Assessment: 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Pain Management Principles: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Non-Pharmacologic Therapy: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Non-Opioid Therapy: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Opioid Therapy: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Opioid Use Disorder: 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Knee Cases: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Back Cases: 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Osteoarthritis-What Works: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Back Pain-Get Your Patient Back in the Game: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Chronic Pain-Beyond Opioids: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

This Learning Hub and its contents are supported by an independent education grant funded by Pfizer, Inc., in partnership with Lilly USA, LLC.