Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment

Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment

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Premiere Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Pharmacists (ACPE)
  3. ABIM
  4. Family Physicians (AAFP)
  5. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Credit Expiration Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020


Mark S. Gold, MD 
ASAM’s Annual Lifetime Achievement John P. McGovern Award & Prize winner 
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
17th University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Professor
Gainesville, FL
Steven P. Stanos, DO 
Medical Director, Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services
Seattle, WA
Immediate Past President, American Academy of Pain Medicine

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Statement of Need

With the rise of opioid overdoses in the US, health care providers (HCPs) often feel caught between prescribing guidelines and patient needs. Knowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to clinical assessment are important for appropriate pain management; biopsychosocial assessments and utilization of tools such as PEG (Pain, Enjoyment of Life, General Activity) can go far in determining the underlying cause of a patient’s pain. While verbal and visual scales reveal a patient’s pain score, measuring for things such as anxiety, depression, and side effects of any current medications can help determine function and quality of life. Without this knowledge, it will be more difficult to treat a patient’s pain. 

The key to pain management is helping patients function better so that they can return to doing the things they enjoy. In this CME Outfitters Snack, expert faculty discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so that clinicians can reach the goal of both augmenting top-down inhibition of pain and reducing catastrophic reaction 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.
  • Educate patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit:

  • Explain acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms and how they relate to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who manage patients with acute and chronic pain.

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

USF Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.AAFP Credit (Family Physicians):
This Enduring Material activity, “Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment”, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 02/25/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 0.25 contact hours (0.025 CEUs) Universal Activity Number: 
Enduring: 0376-0000-19-010-H01-P 

Type: Knowledge-based 

ABIM/MOC Credit: 
MOC Points available for Internal Medicine and General Medicine Board Certified Physicians. 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .25 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. 

For information about ACCME accreditation and ABIM MOC for this activity, please email cpdsupport@health.usf.edu. Learning Format: 
Enduring activity 

By providing your ABIM number, you consent to have CME Outfitters and/or our educational partners submit your participation in this activity to the ABIM through the ACCME PARS system.Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluation must be completed online at www.cmeoutfitters.com/TST28478 (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (75% pass rate required). this website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit www.neurosciencecme.com/technical.asp.

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of USF Health and 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. Gold has no disclosures to report. 

Dr. Stanos reports that he receives research support from Grunenthal and is a consultant for SCILEX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

Mae Ochoa, Rph (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report. 

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report. 

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

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report. 

Disclosures were obtained from the USF Health staff: No disclosures to report. 

CME Outfitters, LLC, USF Health, and the faculty 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).

Credits MOC:0.25, AAFP:0.25, ACCME:0.25, CPE:0.25, PARTICIPATION:0.25Tag(s) Pain Management