Chronic Pain Management

Discover how specialist and primary care collaboration in chronic pain management care can benefit you and your patients.

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Improve Access to Complex Care Treatment

Patients with complex medical conditions in New Jersey sometimes wait up to six months to see a specialist.


Improve Patient Outcomes

Investing time to learn how to provide specialty treatment to your patients in your primary care office, where they are most comfortable, can improve patient outcomes.

Grow Your Primary Care Practice Capacity

Research shows that providers who attend Project ECHO sessions increase their ability to treat patients and offer community resources and referrals to patients and caregivers. When multiple providers in one practice attend the same or different ECHOs, capacity to treat patients expands exponentially.

How to Participate

Access your ECHO clinics from anywhere, using your computer or mobile device.

  • Register for your Project ECHO of choice
  • 1 CME credit available per each 60-minute full session attended
  • No-charge consultation with a multidisciplinary team of specialists on active cases
  • No homework
  • IT support available

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Be able to describe the screening tools useful for management of chronic pain in primary care setting, including those measuring pain intensity, function, and addiction risk.
  • Identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities available for patients.
  • Self-regulate attitudes and beliefs about patient presentations to provide safe and effective chronic pain management.
  • Demonstrate ways to manage requests for opioid therapy from patients for whom this type of therapy is appropriate, and those for whom it is not appropriate.

Chronic Pain ECHO Session Leaders

Scott Mellender, MD, Anesthesiologist
Iqbal Jafri, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Daniel Abazia, PharmD, Pharmacist
Ann Hirschman, APN, Family Nurse Practitioner
Addiction Specialist

Chronic Pain ECHO Curriculum

Fridays 7:30-8:30 am

  • Chronic Pain Basics  ↓ ↑
    • Week 1: Taking a patient history
    • Week 2: Establishing a pain diagnosis
    • Week 3: Interpreting radiology results
    • Week 4: Motivational interviewing
  • Physical Exam Skill  ↓ ↑
    • Week 7: Clinical interview and qualitative sensory exam
    • Week 8: Specialist assessments – Part one
    • Week 9: Specialist assessments – Part two
  • Alternative Therapies  ↓ ↑
    • Week 16: Trigger point injection
    • Week 17: Complementary and alternative medicine
    • Week 18: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
    • Week 19: Movement therapies for chronic pain