EM1712G " Moving Beyond Opioid-Centered Pain Care: Evidence and Exit Strategies" (IM GR-121517)

The purpose of this presentation is to describe recent and ongoing VA research to address clinical challenges in management of patients with chronic pain. Content will include primary results of a recently completed trial of long-term opioid therapy; findings from a state of the art conference on nonpharmacological therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain; and introduction of a new multisite trial to improve pain care and reduce opioid dosages among patients treated with long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe evidence for effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain
  • Identify effective non-pharmacological therapies for chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Discuss barriers to opioid discontinuation in patients treated with long-term opioid therapy
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Erin Krebs, M.D., M.P.H.
Women’s Health Medical Director, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Core Investigator, Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcome Research
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Visiting Professor for the Division of General Internal Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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