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Provider's Pain Management links:
-Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive on Pain Management
-Psychological Treatment of Chronic Pain Presentation 
-Implementing Step Three: Components and Importance of Tertiary Pain Care  *
-Complementary Integrated Medicine (CAM) Recommendations

VHA Pain Management Education Programs:
 
•Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Training Team Program  This program is based on the biopsychosocial approach to managing chronic pain and has been developed to offer VA providers the information and tools necessary to effectively treat veterans with chronic pain conditions within the interdisciplinary framework. The goal is to assist VA sites in developing their own interdisciplinary pain management programs. Please email Susan Laill, RN Susan.Lail@va.gov and Jill Klayman, PhD Jill.Klayman@va.gov for more information.

Provider Courses:
•COPE-REMS - a free online course designed to educate healthcare providers on how to more  safely and effectively utilize opioid therapy to treat patients with chronic pain. It aims to increase providers' knowledge and confidence  about how to best treat chronic pain, including when to start, modify or stop opioid therapy. It is the only opioid training proven effective in a randomized clinical trial. The course is offered through the University of Washington School of Medicine.  COPE offers up to 4 hrs. of CME credit. COPE is a self-paced course that promotes a shared decision making approach between providers and patients, and includes video vignettes of providers and patients that demonstrate how to handle tough situations.  The course features interactive exercises, practical tools and pharmacological information. Course content covers opioid safety requirements as described by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. Find out more go to their website: www.COPEREMS.org *    

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training:
http://www.health.gov/hcq/training.asp#pathways *

Mini Residency Pain Management:
Mini Residency Pain Management Brochure
Specialty Care Transformation Mini Residency-Pain Management FY2015

 
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