Awkward Conversations: Managing Patients with Chronic Pain

The management of chronic pain can be challenging given the complex psychosocial issues that are often present in this patient population. Interactions can be further complicated when patient and physician expectations and goals are not in alignment. As such, navigating conversations with patients with chronic pain can be difficult. This presentation will review essential elements that should be incorporated into any dialogue with patients with chronic pain. There will be simulated patient scenarios with role playing and heavy audience participation.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the components of a comprehensive chronic pain assessment
  • Choose an effective treatment plan including both pharmacological and nonpharmacologic interventions
  • Identify signs of abuse and addiction

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Harvard Medical School

Headache/Sports Neurology/Concussion Specialist

Mass General Brigham Health Care

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates


  • Consulting Fee (e.g., Advisory Board): Allergan, Amgen, Biohaven, Impel,
  • Lilly, Revance, Satsuma, Stealth BioTherapeutics, Supernus, Takeda, Theranica


  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
  • 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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