Activity ID



April 4, 2027

Format Type


CME Credit



$25 per module

CME Provider: American College of Physicians

Description of CME Course

Chronic pain affects over 50 million people in the US and 1.5 billion world-wide. This is the fifth of a series of 9 interactive modules on Pain Management; 7 didactic modules and 2 modules of case studies. Using current evidence-based approaches, these modules address pain assessment, diagnostic differentials, treatment plans, and patient-centered communication. Modules can be viewed independent of each other. This module 5 provides an overview of non-opioid pharmacotherapy for treating pain. Learners will better understand medication selection principles, considerations for specific pain syndromes, considerations related to concomitant conditions, and how to effectively communicate medication options to patients.

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Educational Objectives

1. Select the appropriate drug class for treating pain, taking into consideration the pain type, pain acuity, patient co-morbidities, concurrent medications, medication access, and options for de-escalation of therapy.
2. Frame a conversation with patients about selecting the best pharmacotherapy for their specific pain.
3. Identify specific drug classes with proven efficacy for specific types of pain and their potential side effects.
4. Educate patients about the pharmacologic treatment of pain, including appropriate expectations, timeframes, and benefits of de-escalation, when appropriate.


"Drug classes"; Medication-selection principles"; Patient conversation frameworks"


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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