Time Commitment: 3 Hrs 0 min over 56 days
Group Size: 20 Maximum Group Members
Credits Available: 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 3.25 ANCC contact hours

Osteoarthritis and Pain: Intensive Training in Pain Management is a comprehensive evidence-based presentation about the burden of osteoarthritis (OA) and OA pain, the challenges of current pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies, and evidence about the role of nerve growth factor in mediating pain associated with OA. By participating in the program, health care providers will have an enhanced understanding of the physiology and burden of OA pain and about investigational agents that may be beneficial for people with OA pain who have not had satisfactory relief with other treatments.

CME/CE Accreditation Information

Self Study

Live Group Discussions

  • Julia: A Patient with OA

    After reviewing the story of Julia, located on the resource page, the group will discuss the burden of OA on Julia. The group will discuss how pain affects Julia and will look at the overall quality of her life and how she now lacks independence and copes with the changes to her life.

  • Treatment choices for patients with OA

    The group will discuss the use of common medications for OA, their mechanisms of action, and how effective they are in clinical practice. Additionally, the group will discuss what types of non-pharmacologic therapies they use for their patients and what techniques they use in shared decision-making.

Group Tasks

  • Managing Pain in an Opioid-Tolerant Patient with OA

    This activity will center on a new patient with long-term OA, who has been taking opioids for several years to treat his OA pain. Each member of the group will be assigned a different element of the process to address optimizing pain management.

  • Mr. Alberts: A 67 year old man with pain in his knees (Standardized Patient Simulation)

    Participants will interact with the standardized patient and interview him about his perceptions of how OA has affected his life. Questions will be centered around his loss of functionality, decreased quality of life, and effects on his family life.

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