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Kansas Partnership for Pain Management Inaugural Conference

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Management of Chronic Pain
Friday–Saturday, November 14–15, 2014
Hyatt Regency Wichita, Wichita, Kan.

Sponsored by The Kansas Partnership for Pain Management and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development


The Kansas Partnership for Pain Management responds to an expressed need by Kansas healthcare providers for more education and training in management of chronic pain. The Partnership is a dynamic collaboration between the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO) and University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Kansas Partnership for Pain Management is excited to announce its inaugural conference to be held in Wichita on November 14–15, 2014. Management of Chronic Pain introduces the partnership's comprehensive, patient-centered, multi-faceted, multi-tiered and multi-year educational initiative to address chronic pain management and the management of prescription pain medications. Through cases, demonstrations and dramatizations, this inaugural conference provides practical, relevant and implementable approaches to chronic pain management. Planners and presenters—many whom are regionally and nationally prominent—represent a spectrum of disciplines, including healthcare providers and educators.

The conference opens with the tough realities of dealing with chronic pain from the perspectives of patients who live with it and health providers who help them manage it. These presentations set the context for the balance of the event. The following list suggests topics that will be covered through cases and interactive discussions:

  • communication and motivational interviewing skills essential to strong patient/provider relationships;
  • criticality of interprofessional team-based, patient-centered approaches to managing chronic pain;
  • importance and components of a thorough history and physical;
  • psychosocial and behavioral issues associated with chronic pain and how they are manifested;
  • strategies and tools for diagnosing underlying causes of pain;
  • chronic pain in children and older adults;
  • patient/provider roles in setting realistic treatment goals and shared decision making;
  • emphasis on improved function, rather than only on decreased pain, as the outcome;
  • treatment options—non-pharmacologic therapies (PT, OT, psychological and mental health treatment, interventional management, chiropractic treatment, complementary and alternative treatment, nutrition and weight management and others) and pharmacologic options;
  • management of prescription pain medications, including opioids and their efficacy;
  • misuse, abuse and addiction;
  • referring; when, to whom, where and how;
  • monitoring systems, i.e. K-TRACS.


Designed by and for health professionals, this educational initiative is centered on providing health professionals the training and tools that:

  1. Translate to sustained practice performance improvement in chronic pain management.
  2. Build expertise, capacity, and networking at the local level in dealing with chronic pain.
  3. Provide professionals and patients resources and tools—hard copy and online—for managing pain.


Managing the complexities, challenges and costs of chronic pain does not yield to short-term quick fixes or one-shot educational programs. With that in mind, the Kansas Partnership for Pain Management developed a three-tiered educational approach introduced with this conference.

The conference is the first, and foundational, tier for the case-based, highly interactive intensives that will follow. The intensives expand on, and reinforce, key issues introduced in the conference. Facilitated performance/quality improvement projects at the practice level capstone this educational initiative to help providers tailor and implement new pain management strategies into their demanding and time-challenged practices.

The partnership strongly encourages teams from practices to participate in all three components of the initiative.

The ultimate plan is to host more conferences, intensives and PI/QI projects across Kansas in locations optimally convenient to professionals who deal with chronic pain.

On-going planning of this unique educational initiative involves a group of 30 healthcare professionals, representing a cross section of disciplines, including: family medicine and general practitioners; internal medicine; pharmacy; advance practice registered nurses, registered nurses and clinical nurse specialists; physician assistants; pain management specialists; behavioral specialists—psychologists and psychiatrists; orthopaedic surgery; occupational and physical therapists; pediatrics; geriatrics; emergency medicine; anesthesiology; integrative medicine; chiropractic medicine; palliative care; medical ethicists; and educational, technology, and telemedicine specialists.

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