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Program Detail

Program Title

Practical Medical Management of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain for Busy Practitioners
Release Date: February-01-05


Bill McCarberg, MD, FABPM
Assistant Clinical Professor (voluntary)
University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, CA

Warren A. Katz, MD, FACP, FACR
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Credit Hours

Physicians & PAs: 2.5
Nurses & NPs: 3


Online Presentation

Program Description

Pain is the most common symptom seen in primary care. Acute pain has a negative impact on a patient’s quality of life and may contribute to the development of chronic pain. Fortunately, there is now a better understanding of acute pain than ever before, with more emphasis on safe and effective pain management. This program focuses on the assessment and treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain syndromes, with special consideration of currently available analgesic medications.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

Primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in the management of acute pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Define and review mechanisms of acute pain.
  2. Discuss the prevalence and types of acute pain.
  3. Overcome barriers to assessing and managing acute pain in a busy primary-care practice setting.
  4. Perform effective patient assessment and differential diagnosis of acute pain.
  5. Evaluate various therapeutic strategies to develop an acute pain management plan appropriate to the needs of the individual patient.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation requires that any person who is in a position to control the content of a CME activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with a commercial interest. Accordingly:

Bill McCarberg, MD, discloses that he is a member of the speaker bureau for Endo Pharmaceuticals, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and Purdue Pharma L.P.

Warren A. Katz, MD, discloses that he is a member of the speaker bureau for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Merck, Inc.

To resolve identified conflicts of interest of the faculty, the proposed educational content was fully reviewed by Bernard Abrams, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Abrams has nothing to disclose. The resulting certified activity was found to provide educational content that is current, evidence-based and commercially balanced.

The Dannemiller staff and Medical Communications Media staff that were involved in the development of this activity have no financial relationships with any commercial interest that are relevant to this activity.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Credit Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation and Medical Communications Media, Incorporated. The Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Stephanie Coley at Dannemiller,

Release date: February 2005. Expiration date: February 25, 2007.

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum 2.5 hours of clinical Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of March 31, 2005. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.

AKH Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 3 contact hours (0.3 CEU).

Credit Term: Two years, beginning February 25, 2005

AKH Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Provider number 030803. AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 3 contact hours.

Credit Term: Two years, beginning February 25, 2005.

Commercial Support Statements

This program was supported by an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.


  1. Click on the "Start program" icon.
  2. Clicking on "start the program" on this screen will begin the online program presentation which will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  3. Click on the monograph button on the main menu which will open a PDF file of the program monograph. Reading of the monograph will require approximately 60 minutes and is required for you to receive full credit for this program.
  4. Instructions for completing and submitting the post-test are provided on the post-test screen. A minimum score of 70% on the post-test is required for a CME/CE certificate.
  5. Upon completion of the online program and the monograph, click on the post-test button to access the post-test and program evaluation. There you will be asked to select from separate post-tests for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Nurses and nurse practitioners must be registered with in order to complete the post-test. When nurses and NPs click on their post-test button they will be brought to a screen which will confirm their registration status and provide an opportunity to register if they haven't done so previously.
  6. The evaluation form provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on the quality of the instructional process, the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness, the perception of commercial bias, and his or her views on future educational needs.
  7. The next screen will permit you to check for or download the Flash player required to run this program.

Certificate Fee


This CME/CE activity is provided free of charge. PAs who are not members of the AAPA are required to pay a $20 scoring fee at the time of post-test submission.


None of the contents of this activity may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, AKH Inc., or Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Any medications, or other diagnostic or treatment procedures discussed by the program speakers should not be utilized by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and of possible contraindications or risks, and without a review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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