Symptom Management - Provider Resources

Provider Education:

  • SCOPE of Pain:  Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education – Boston University
    This CME/CNE activity is designed to help providers safely manage patients with chronic pan, when appropriate with opioid analgesics.  This training is available as an in-person training around the state of Michigan and on line. 

Provider Tools:

  • ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2013 Edition – American Chronic Pain Association  
    The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) advocates a multi-modal strategy for dealing with chronic pain. The ACPA focuses on pain management skills and self-help strategies that individuals can use with the approval of their healthcare providers.

  • Center to Advance Palliative Care
    The Center to Advance Palliative Care is a membership organization that provides medical professionals, policymakers, and program payers with palliative care education materials and training, along with access to data from the National Palliative Care Registry.

  • Geriatric Pain
    This webpage provides best practice tools and resources that support recommendations for good pain assessment and management in older adults.

  • Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) – Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    MAPS is the prescription monitory program for the State of Michigan.  Prescription monitoring programs are used to identify and prevent drug diversion at the prescriber, pharmacy and patient levels.  It helps providers to determine if patients are receiving controlled substances from other providers and to assist in the prevention of prescription drug abuse. 
  • National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care
    The project's purpose is to promote the implementation of clinical practice guidelines that ensure care of consistent and high quality and that guide the development and structure of new and existing palliative care services.

Websites of Interest: 

  • American Pain Society
    The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.

  • Emerging Solutions in Pain
    ESP is an educational initiative dedicated to developing tools, information and resources that support improved therapeutic outcomes for chronic pain patients by minimizing the risk of opioid misuse, abuse and addiction.

  • Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
    This webpage provides insight into palliative care and how this type of support differs from end-of-life care. Furthermore, information is provided on challenges associated with palliative care and ways in which these concerns can be addressed

  • HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
    The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a website that provides tools and education materials for medical professionals that promote the importance of addressing the spiritual needs of patients.

  • Journal of Palliative Medicine
    This bimonthly interdisciplinary journal reports on the clinical, educational, legal, and ethical aspects of care for seriously ill and dying patients. It includes coverage of the latest developments in drug and non-drug treatments for patients with life-threatening diseases including cancer; AIDS; cardiac disease; and pulmonary, neurologic, and respiratory conditions.

  • Pain & Symptom Management for Health Care Providers – Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Provides health professionals with state and national guidelines, Michigan Legislation, and educational links

  • Your Serious Illness Journey and Palliative Care
    For patients with serious illness, this resource goes over palliative care and how it can help.

Books of Interest: 

  • "A Physicians Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients" - by Janet L. Abrahm, MD

    This book addresses the symptoms and issues often faced by cancer patients, and provides examples of patient-centered treatments. The first section of the book discusses how physicians can communicate with patients about their unasked questions, and the second section details different pain management methods.