What Role Does Age Play in the Management of Chronic Pain in Adult Patients

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Release Date: December 04, 2006
Expiration Date: December 04, 2009

Program Overview

As the population of America continues to age, and the prevalence of chronic pain increases, it is essential to examine similarities and differences in the chronic pain experience and its therapeutic management across populations of young and older adults. Chronic pain has been shown to have detrimental effects on all domains of health status, also referred to as health-related quality of life or HRQL. At a time when pain control is considered a human right, customizing a patient-centric interdisciplinary approach to pain management may improve HRQL outcomes. Recognizing the various nuances of age-related factors affecting chronic pain is a first step in exploring how treatments may be adjusted to compensate for variations and improve quality of care.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurses who have an interest in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of pain management.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize why it is important to understand unique traits that characterize different patient populations
  • Identify differences between the health status of older and younger adult chronic pain patients
  • Identify the components of a pain management program that are particularly beneficial for older adults
  • Recognize the importance of assessing and monitoring for potential opioid abuse in all populations of chronic pain patients

General Information

This activity is eligible for credit through December 4, 2009. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

There are no fees for participating in this activity. All participants must complete the Activity Evaluation Form. Participants must receive a minimum score of 70% on the self-assessment portion of the form to qualify for CE credit. Certificates may be printed immediately after completing the online self-assessment and evaluation.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Bill H. McCarberg received his medical degree from the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his internship and residency in family practice at Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York. Dr. McCarberg is the founder of the Chronic Pain Management Program for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California, and is a voluntary assistant clinical professor at the University of California, School of Medicine, San Diego.

Dr. McCarberg is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the International Association for the Study of Pain. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society, and is co-president of the Western Pain Society.

A frequent lecturer, Dr. McCarberg has also authored several journal articles on pain management. He is the recipient of the Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Pain Medicine from the American Pain Society.


MediCom LogoAccreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of MediCom Worldwide, Inc. and Medical Learning Solutions. MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: MediCom Worldwide, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

ACPE LogoMediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is acceptable for 1.0 contact hour(s) of Continuing Education Credit.  Universal Activity Number: 827-999-06-078-H01-P Knowledge-based CPE activity.


MediCom LogoAccreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint sponsorship of MediCom Worldwide, Inc. and Medical Learning Solutions. MediCom Worldwide, Inc., 101 Washington Street, Morrisville, PA 19067 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP11380. MediCom designates this CNE activity for 1.0 contact hour. Program Number: 06-078-173


Faculty Financial Disclosure Statements

It is the policy of MediCom Worldwide, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. As a provider accredited by the ACCME, it is the policy of MediCom Worldwide, Inc. to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member or a sponsor has with either the commercial supporter or the manufacturer(s) of any commercial device(s) discussed in this educational presentation. The presenting faculty reported the following: Dr. Bill McCarberg has received honoraria related to speakers’ bureau activities from Endo Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Ortho-McNeil, Inc., Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Merck & Co., Inc., and PriCaraTM Unit of Ortho-McNeil, Inc.

Off-Label/Investigational Disclosures

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, the audience is advised of the following disclosures regarding unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices: At the time of printing, Dr. McCarberg indicated that his presentation would not include the discussion of unlabeled uses of commercial products or investigational products not yet approved by the FDA for any use in the United States.

Copyright Statement

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from
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