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CME Information
Activity Title: The Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults

Medium:
Interactive Online CME/CE/CPE
Completion of this activity requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or Mozilla Firefox 1.0 for your Internet browser.

Release Date: 10/04/2011
Expiration Date: 10/04/2012
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

Statement of Need
It is widely recognized that the diagnosis and treatment of pain in older adults is suboptimal, and clinicians often cite a lack of appropriate training as a contributing factor. This case-based, interactive learning activity will help clinicians take appropriate steps to diagnose and treat a case of chronic pain in an older adult. The case covers evidence-based treatment approaches based on decreasing pain intensity and duration, while controlling for adverse events and monitoring the risk of medication abuse or diversion.

Target Audience
This 1-hour CME/CE/CPE activity is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists.

CME/CE Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Recognize that pain is common in older adults and may be present even in patients who do not report pain
  2. Utilize validated screening tools in a consistent manner to assess pain in high-risk older adults
  3. Develop strategies for recognizing pain in older patients with cognitive impairment
  4. Integrate nonpharmacologic approaches into a comprehensive patient-centered treatment plan
  5. Apply US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacotherapies for the treatment of pain in older adults, taking into consideration the need for thoughtful dose titration and the management of potential adverse side effects and drug interactions

Pharmacist Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Recognize that pain is common in older adults and may be present even in patients who do not report pain
  2. Describe validated screening tools used to assess pain in high-risk older adults
  3. Develop strategies for recognizing pain in older patients with cognitive impairment
  4. Recommend FDA-approved pharmacotherapies for the treatment of pain in older adults, taking into consideration the need for thoughtful dose titration and the management of potential adverse side effects and drug interactions

How to Obtain Credit
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a short presurvey; review the Web-based case, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a short postsurvey and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Accreditation and Designation
Physicians
The American Academy of Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Nurses
The American Academy of Pain Management is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15881 for 1.0 contact hours

RNs outside of California must verify with their licensing agency for approval of this course.

Pharmacists
purduePurdue University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This is an application based, continuing education activity of Purdue University, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0018-9999-11-138-H01-P, 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEU). Release Date: 10/31/2011 Expiration Date: 10/31/2012.

To receive the 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit, pharmacists should complete the activity requirements and evaluation at the conclusion of the enduring activity. There are no fees or prerequisites to participate in this activity.

Psychologists
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 CE credits.

Faculty
Keela Herr, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF
Professor, Chair of the Adult and Gerontology Area of Study
Research Director, John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow

Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Herr reported that she has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the American Academy of Pain Management, reported that she has nothing to disclose.

Disclaimer

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Contact Information
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the American Academy of Pain Management at aapmedu@aapainmanage.org.

Sponsored by the American Academy of Pain Management.
This activity is supported by educational grants from Purdue Pharma L.P. and Endo Pharmaceuticals.