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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-Su02 - Whole-Patient Care

Aug 20, 2017 7:45am ‐ Aug 20, 2017 9:00am

Credits: None available.



The goals of this session are to:

  • Improve the availability of support, education and training in understanding people living with chronic pain
  • Teach how to better engage these patients in their treatment plan.

It is important for those who treat a person with pain to have the means to guide patients through the components of self-management training techniques that enable individuals to improve their quality of life, increase their ability to function and a reduced sense of suffering.

It is critical that persons with pain become part of the treatment team as active participants, not a passive patient.

We aim to empower providers with tools that allow them to develop or improve an open relationship with patients. Patients benefit most from communication on a level that ensures both a level of understanding and willingness to work as a team. This approach empowers the person with pain to take an active role in his or her treatment.

We will explore a variety of graphical tools, many interactive, to track behaviors and symptoms over a long period of time, providing information that will afford a snapshot of how the person with pain has been doing since their last visit. The presentation will explore how to use the communication tools to ensure a team approach to pain care with the patient at the center.


As a result of completing this course, learners will be able/ better able to:

  • Understand, from the patient’s perspective, the impact that pain has upon their life, their family, health care professionals and the public.
  • Use graphical communication tools to bridge the gap between the person with pain and the health care provider so that they can communicate in a way that will convey useful information in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Help patients to understand available self-management tools.
  • Help a person with pain apply self-management tools to their daily life to live a fuller, richer life despite pain.


  • Penney Cowan, Founder & CEO, American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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