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Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: Comprehensive Evaluation and Care Plan

Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

This two-part lecture satisfies the license requirement from the Iowa Board of Medicine regarding chronic pain management. Learners must attend both lectures to receive 2.0 hours Category 1-A CME credits.

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March 26
Noon – 1 p.m. Comprehensive Evaluation
March 27
Noon – 1 p.m. Care Plan

Target audience

The Iowa Board of Medicine has determined that the requirement for additional training will be required by physicians who provide primary care to patients (e.g. emergency physicians, family physicians, general practice physicians, internists, neurologists, pain medicine specialists, psychiatrists.) While the primary target audience is physicians, physician assistants, nurses, podiatrists, students, and any other interested healthcare professional will also be invited to attend.


The purpose is to provide a review of the current evidence based standards for chronic pain evaluation, management, and documentation. Healthcare providers should be able to compare their current practices with these recommendations and make any changes as they see necessary to improve their management of this important and prevalent condition.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss an evidence based approach to managing chronic non-malignant pain.
  2. Discuss the approaches to different types of chronic pain (i.e. mechanical, inflammatory, myofascial, neuropathic).
  3. Explore tools for evaluating various aspects of a chronic pain treatment plan.
  4. Explore tools to help the provider determine if chronic opiates are an appropriate option.
  5. Discuss the components and importance of a comprehensive treatment plan.
  6. Discuss the recommendations for evaluation and documentation of chronic pain as set forth by the Federation of State Medical Boards.
  7. Discuss the components of an ongoing chronic pain treatment plan and follow up.
  8. Explore non-opioid medications and interventions.
  9. Review case studies of patients with chronic pain and a recommended approach to these patients.
  10. Discuss the importance informed consent when prescribing chronic opiates.
  11. Discuss the importance and elements of a patient agreement to prevent abuse and misuse of controlled substances.
  12. Discuss the role of random drug screening as a tool to prevent abuse and misuse of controlled substances.
  13. Discuss the role of the state Prescription Management Program (PMP) as a tool to prevent abuse and misuse of controlled substances.


Joshua D. Stubblefield, D.O., FAAFP

Faculty Physician, Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency; Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Medicine; Adjunct Faculty, Des Moines University College of Medicine

Dr. Stubblefield indicated no relevant financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.


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CME credit

AOA:  Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 2.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits.

CPME:  Des Moines University is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine. Des Moines University has approved this activity for a maximum of 2.0 continuing education contact hours.

IBON:  Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This program has been reviewed and approved for 2.4 continuing education contact hours.

Physical Therapists:  The Iowa Board of Examiners for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Recreational Therapy does not pre-approve continuing education; this course meets the State of Iowa criteria for continuing education in these professions.

Physician Assistants: The Iowa Board of Physician Assistants does not pre-approve continuing education; this course meets the State of Iowa criteria for continuing education in these professions.

Other:  Attendees will be given a certificate of participation for a maximum 2.0 continuing education hours.

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