ESP National Meeting Highlights Pain Update Series

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Release Date: May 22, 2014
Expiration Date: May 22, 2015

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 60 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

This educational activity offers highlights from key sessions and posters presented at a recent national pain meeting. Key thought leaders summarize the latest information in pain management today. This four module highlight series focuses on the latest data, on what the data means in the clinical setting, and how clinicians may effectively incorporate this information to improve patient care, and ultimately, patient outcomes.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for pain management specialists, as well as primary care specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists, who provide care to patients with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize recent data regarding safety and efficacy of current and novel approaches to management of chronic pain
  • Apply the clinical relevance and potential impact of these findings in the care of patients with chronic pain
  • Identify key recommendations from clinical practice guidelines and standardized approaches to therapy with opioids that minimize risk and are designed to optimize outcomes


Acute Pain Antagonizes the Anti-inflammatory Effects of Opioids – Peggy Compton, RN, PhD, FAAN

Informing Clinical Decision Support for Chronic Pain in Primary Care: How Do Physicians Decide When to Initiate Opioids? − Christopher Harle, PhD

Beliefs About Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Survey of Primary Care Physicians − Robert N. Jamison, PhD

States of Pain: How State Efforts to Eliminate Pill Mills Can Wind Up Hurting People with Pain – Robert Twillman, PhD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through May 22, 2015. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.
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Faculty Biographies

Peggy Compton, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

Dr. Peggy Compton received her BSN from the University of Rochester, her MS from Syracuse University as a clinical nurse specialist, and her PhD in neuroscience nursing from New York University. Following completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the interdisciplinary UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center, she joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Nursing, where she was promoted to tenured professor. Dr. Compton is professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her areas of clinical expertise are neuroscience, opioids, addiction and pain. She currently serves as principal investigator on NIH-supported grants, and has an active research program exploring pain and opioid addiction with a specific focus on opioid-induced hyperalgesia in chronic pain and opioid dependent individuals.

Christopher Harle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Christopher Harle received his PhD in information systems and management from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds an MS in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy. Dr. Harle's research focus is at the intersection of health information technology, biomedical informatics, and clinical decision making. He is interested in evaluating how patients, consumers, and clinicians use information and technology to make health-related decisions. Currently, he is funded by the NIH KL2 program and Pfizer, Inc. to study primary care clinician decision-making processes and to develop point-of-care decision support tools to improve the quality of care for people with chronic pain. Dr. Harle's work has been published in numerous journals including Medical Decision Making, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Pain Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Decision Support Systems, and Health Affairs.

Robert N. Jamison, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Departments of Anesthesia, Psychiatry,
and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Robert Jamison received his PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He completed internships in clinical psychology at Bexley Hospital, England, and at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is a professor at Harvard Medical School in the Departments of Anesthesia, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has over 30 years' experience working with persons with chronic pain. Dr. Jamison is also the chief psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, where he directs a structured pain management program.

Dr. Jamison is active in many national and international organizations, has been on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society, and is past president of the New England Pain Association. He has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has served as principal investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of five different journals, is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals, and has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine and NIDA Study Sections. Dr. Jamison has received numerous grants from the NIH and has authored two books, a CD-ROM, and over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain. He has a long history of mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty members.

Robert Twillman, PhD
Deputy Executive Director
Director of Policy and Advocacy
American Academy of Pain Management
Sonora, California

Dr. Bob Twillman received his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, and maintains a volunteer faculty appointment as clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. In addition, Dr. Twillman is the deputy executive director and the director of policy and advocacy for the American Academy of Pain Management where he is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He also serves as chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Twillman was a full-time faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he founded and directed the inpatient pain management program and was a co-founder of the hospital's palliative care team. He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years.


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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Peggy Compton has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Christopher Harle has received grant support related to research activities from Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Robert Jamison has received grant support related to research activities from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Robert Twillman has received honoraria related to speakers' bureau activities and as a consultant from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Off-Label Disclosures/Investigational Disclosures

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Drs. Compton, Harle, Jamison, and Twillman have indicated that they do not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

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