Friday, October 14, 2016

Pain Management Intensive Course for Primary Care Practices

The Kansas Partnership for Chronic Pain and KU Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development will be hosting a two-day intensive course aimed at primary care practices.

In 2014, the University of Kansas Medical Center in conjunction with Kansas health care organizations and associations developed the Kansas Partnership for Chronic Pain Management. This collaboration resulted in a statewide conference on pain management in 2015. The second annual conference will be held on November 18-19 at the Hadley Conference Center in Hays, Kansas.


  • 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain costing more than $500 billion each year. 
  • Opioid analgesic use increased threefold from 1991 to 2009.
  • Opioid overdose is now the second leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. 
  • To address chronic pain management, the Institute of Medicine recommends continuing education for primary care practitioners and their staff to improve knowledge and skills in pain assessment and treatment.
  • Kansas physicians’ survey:  The majority reported significant concerns about pain management and the need for education on pain management and substance abuse.

Pain Management Intensive for Primary Care Practice course offerings:

  • Designed for primary care practice teams.
  • The goal is pain management education for the practice that results in development of a quality improvement (QI) project to be conducted in the practice
  • Intensive Agenda to include presentations and facilitated small group discussions.
  • Faculty will provide resources/mentoring for development of simple, focused QI project in the practice.
  • Primary care practices will conduct quality/performance improvement projects at the practice level.  KU Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development and Area Health Education Centers staff will work with individual practices to help guide them through the QI process.  Guidance will begin with the collection of practice-level base-line data on current methods/outcomes of patients dealing with pain and will continue their involvement through implementation of performance improvement strategies and tracking of outcomes.

Registration Information

To register for the course go to The cost is $150 for physicians and $25 for other health care providers. Practices of three of more participants with physician receive a discounted rate of $150 per practice.

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