Chronic Pain Management

This module is intended to address the opioid-specific education requirements under Maine Public Law Chapter 488. At the end of this module, users should understand the concerning history of chronic pain management, using a trauma informed approach to pain management and a team based approach to care.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand the current evidence regarding treatment of chronic pain.
  • Be aware of how to do functional assessments of pain and how to use in clinical setting.
  • Be able to identify multidisciplinary treatments of chronic pain.
  • Understand ways to reduce or eliminate pain by addressing the physical, psychological, and social components of pain.

Intended Audience:

All Maine Clinicians

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the QC Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. This module will be eligible to grant 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits.

The module will consist of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons,  and pre-and post-assessments needed for CME accreditation.

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)

  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.5

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

This activity qualifies for 1.5 CME credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s recent legislation to address the opioid drug abuse crisis.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After confirming that the entire learning module is complete and you have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, a generic certificate of completion will be displayed and available for you for download.

The official CME Documentation Form will be emailed to you within one month after you complete the module and evaluation survey.


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-Assessment
  3. Overview of History of Chronic Pain Management
  4. Trauma Informed Care Approach to Chronic Pain Management
  5. Interdisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain
  6. Course Wrap-Up (Post-test and Evaluation Survey)


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Maine Quality Counts.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Amy Belisle, MD
Medical Director
Maine Quality Counts

Karyn Wheeler, MBA
Program Manager
Maine Quality Counts

Lisa Tuttle, MPH
Program Director
Maine Quality Counts

Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP
Vice President of Medical Affairs

Stephen Hull, MD
Mercy Pain Center
Medical Director of Medical Pain Management
Medical Pain Management Specialist on the MMA Chronic Pain Project

Pieter Tryzelaar, M.Ed, MFA (Course Developer)
Manager of Education and Learning
Maine Quality Counts

  • FREE
  • Course Certificate
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