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
Betty Miller is a 77-year-old woman with right shoulder pain for the past 4 weeks. The case follows her visits to her primary care provider and pharmacist; home health services for nursing, social services, and physical therapy; and primary care follow-up. View interactive module. View 508-compliant text version (PDF, 620KB)
This module includes 3 short case studies for patients admitted to the Emergency Department. Mr. Jones needs an opioid regimen for acute severe pain. Mrs. Hubbard is on chronic opioid therapy and requires additional opioids. Finally, Mrs. Miller’s opioid dose is being decreased and she worries about her pain relief. View Interactive Module. View 508-compliant Text Version (PDF, 313 KB).
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 (PDF, 614 KB).
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 (1,276 KB)
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. View Interactive Module. View 508-compliant text version. (PDF, 757 KB)
Pam is a 41-year-old Caucasian female diagnosed with breast cancer approximately one year ago. She underwent treatment including a bilateral mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction. Now she’s experiencing pain in her chest, arm, and shoulder she feels should be improving. The case reviews Pam’s experiences with and potential treatments for Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS). View Interactive Module. View 508-Compliant text version. (PDF, 495 KB)
Owen is a 47-year-old Caucasian male suffering from low back pain for several years. His pain has been relatively well controlled up until recently when he’s had some problems with his pain and his treatments. The case reviews Owen’s pain history, his risk for opioid overdose, and whether he should be prescribed naloxone. View Interactive Module. View 508-compliant Text Version (PDF, 634 KB).
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.
Feel free to contact the NIH CoEPE project with ideas and suggestions at CoEPES@mail.nih.gov. We plan on expanding the CoEPE page and are especially interested in hearing about peer reviewed manuscripts and upcoming events related to pain education.