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Saying Goodbye to Old Ways: Reinventing Your Pain Practice for the 21st Century 

Faculty: Paula Gardiner, MD, Robert Jamison, PhD

To be a pain clinician in the 21st century means learning how to change and adapt the methods you use ton provide optimal care to your patients. But there’s so much happening out there, especially in technology, that it can be overwhelming. In this session, we’ll tell you about some of the more innovative methods for caring for people with pain, including group medical visits, and telehealth and telemedicine programs, and how to embrace them in your practice. You’ll also be one of the first to hear the preliminary results of an 8-session pilot telemedicine for chronic pain management session using web conferencing for persons with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives
After completing this educational activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe three elements of a medical group visit (MGV)
  2. List three characteristics of an appropriate candidate for an MGV
  3. List three medical conditions commonly seen in patients who come to MGV
  4. Present an overview of a remote telehealth pain management program
  5. Describe the challenges associated with recruiting for and implementing a structured telehealth program
  6. Present a brief review of the literature of telemedicine programs for persons with chronic pain
  7. Discuss future clinical areas of innovation in using telehealth for pain management

This session will take place on November 9, 2018 as part of the Global Pain Clinician Summit 2018.
Learn more and register here.


 Paula Gardiner, MD, is the associate research director, family medicine and community health and the medical group visit program director, center for integrated primary care at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has more than 15 years of experience as an integrative medicine clinician with training in mindfulness. Dr. Gardiner’s research concentration is patient-oriented regarding chronic conditions, chronic pain, and non-pharmacological evidenced based medicine. Her current research is focused on the adaptive role of technology to support health behavior change and reducing pain, depression, and opioid use using group visit models.

Dr. Gardiner reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Robert N. Jamison, PhD, is a professor in the departments of anesthesia, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and has over thirty-five years experience working with persons with chronic pain. Dr. Jamison is the chief psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directs a structured pain management program.  Dr. Jamison has received numerous grants from the NIH and has authored 2 books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain.  He has a long history of mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty members. He is active in many national and international organizations and has been on the Board of Directors for the American Pain Society and is Past President of the New England Pain Association. Dr. Jamison has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has served as principal investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of five different journals, is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals, has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine and NIDA Study Sections, and has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences.

Dr. Jamison reports that he has an investigator-initiated grant relationship with Pfizer, Inc. 


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