Medication Safety LAN Event: January 2018

Topic: Psychologically-Integrated Approaches to Pain Management

Date: Wednesday, January 102018


This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event is open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Call Summary:

Despite recent efforts, pain management and opioid use continues to be a serious challenge. During the upcoming Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event participants will hear from Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Amy Wachholtz, who will address four major pain management areas: 1) empirical information on the critical role of psychological factors on the patient pain experience; 2) interventions that a health psychologist may use in a pain psychology appointment to help individuals understand the role of a pain psychologist in pain management; 3) home-based strategies patients can use to reduce their pain experience; and 4) approaches to integrate this information into a standard 15-minute appointment to better inform opioid prescribing and pain psychology referrals. Participants will also hear from Mitzi Daffron with Qsource about a QIN-QIO Special Innovation Project happening at the community level to engage the local hospital, practitioners, and patients to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing. This session will be framed by patient/​caregiver perspectives shared through personal story and in the panel discussion by two Patient/​Family Advisors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the interactions between biology and psychology, and their effects on the patient pain experience
  • Identify the difference between pain sensitivity and pain tolerance
  • Identify 3 home-based strategies to reduce pain
  • Describe why a functional pain assessment may be useful to reduce unnecessary opioid prescribing and how to implement this in a standard 15-minute appointment

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

Meet the Speakers:

Dr. Amy Wachholtz
University of Colorado Denver

Mitzi Daffron

Katharin Laughton

David Andrews

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