The Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs)act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and other schools to enhance and improve how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment.
The new CoEPEs were selected by the NIH Pain Consortium after a contract solicitation process and review. The awardees are:
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of California, San Francisco
- Harvard University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Iowa
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Rochester
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- University of Washington
Sponsors of the CoEPEs
Pain Education Interactive Modules
Ava is a 28-year old woman who is seven months pregnant. She’s in overall good health, but experienced pain in her pelvis over the last month that refuses to go away. She visits her nurse midwife to learn about options to address her pain. View interactive module. View 508-compliant text version (360KB).
Morgan is a 14-year-old girl with worsening headaches. The case covers four months, beginning with entries into her video diary (“vlog” or “video blog”). She explores several approaches to headache management in a series of encounters with health professionals. View interactive module. View 508-compliant text version (782 kb)
Coming soon: Eric
Eric is a 23-year-old man actively using IV heroin who presents with right leg pain and swelling after injecting heroin into the muscle. The case study follows his pain management after a diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis.
Pain and Opioid Prescribing Risks
Learn more about pain and opioid prescribing risks from these modules created by NIDA/ONDCP
The Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion released an interactive training tool, Pathways to Safer Opioid Use, which teaches health care providers how to communicate the safe use of opioids to manage chronic pain, and implementation strategies for meeting the opioid-related recommendations from the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan).
The goal of this simulation is to demonstrate best practices in safe opioid use and prevent adverse drug events. You will play as four individuals (Pharmacist, Nurse, Primary Care Physician, and Patient), make decisions for them, and see how those decisions play out.