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National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium Efforts to Enhance Pain Treatment (Archived Webinar)

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 11/16/2016

Expiration Date: 11/16/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1



In the United States, the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain has increased dramatically in the past two decades. Over this same period, we saw the development of a prescription drug abuse epidemic of historic proportions. And during this period, the incidence of pain has double, with 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain in 2011 according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Clearly, we need to do a better job of treating pain, with and without opioids.  

This PCSS-O session will outline efforts of the NIH Pain Consortium to improve pain treatment and reduce prescription opioid abuse. These efforts include partnering with the CDC in its creation of national opioid prescribing guidelines, development of a National Pain Strategy, leading a comprehensive review on opioids for the treatment of chronic pain through the NIH Pathways to Prevention program, and improving clinical pain education through its Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. 

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556-03 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - Free
  • Non-Member - Free

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
  • Demonstrate recognition that providing adequate pain treatment is a clinical and moral responsibility
  • Describe responsible opioid prescribing
  • Discuss alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain

Target Audience

Physicians and other clinicians with interests in safe and effective use of opioid medications for the treatment of chronic pain and the interface of pain and opioid use disorder.   

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: November 16, 2016
End Date: November 16, 2019

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 60% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • David A. Thomas, PhD, Health Science Administrator/NIH Pain Consortium Representative, Services Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Program Planners

  • Beatrice Eld, Deputy Director of Educaton for Addiction Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • John A. Renner, Jr., M.D.– Boston University School of Medicine, Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training, Boston University Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System. Disclosure: Stock/other financial options: Johnson & Johnson and General Electric.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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