Conference 2017 | The Challenge of Pain

Shoreline, WA US
January 18, 2017 to January 19, 2017

8th Annual ConferenceRegister for the UW Challenge of Pain conference.

Wednesday-Thursday | January 18-19, 2017


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Who Should Attend this Conference

For nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, respiratory therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other interested healthcare professionals in all settings.

About this Conference

Pain causes extensive suffering, disability and expenditure of scarce healthcare resources. This conference focuses on the challenge of pain management for healthcare professionals across the healthcare continuum. Evidence-based strategies for assessing and managing pain in acute, ambulatory, specialty and palliative care settings are presented by regional and national pain specialists. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, case studies and inter-professional dialogue.

Conference Brochure

Brochure PDF

Learning Objectives

Day 1:

  1. Provide an overview and update of pain care in America.
  2. Learn why pain intensity is the wrong goal for chronic pain care.
  3. Learn why prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines together creates a dangerous combination.
  4. Identify potential indications and limitations for using non-pharmacologic agents in pain management.
  5. Review pathophysiology and mechanisms of pain in sickle cell anemia.
  6. Discuss definition of neuropathic pain with implication for diagnosis.    

Day 2:

  1. Review National and State standards and expectations when prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. 
  2. Recognize the impact of pain on mechanical and physiologic experiences of sex.
  3. Learn the power of healing communication in crisis and non-crisis situations.
  4. Educate attendees on the Patient Perspective.
  5. Describe the practice history of dosing to numbers.
  6. Review effectiveness and scientific understanding of the most common Integrative modalities in Western Medicine.
  7. List at least 3 principles of managing acute pain in patients with chronic pain.


Day 1:

  • Pain Care in America: At the Crossroad
  • Is Pain Intensity the Wrong Metric for Chronic Pain?
  • Opioids plus Benzos: A Dangerous Combination (Rx)
  • Non-opioid Pharmacological Management of Pain (Rx)
  • Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease 
  • Neuropathic Pain: Guidelines and Practical Management (Rx)
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A New Look at an Old Problem  
  • Substance Use Disorder and Pain: Management Strategies

Day 2:

  • Protecting Your Practice when Prescribing Controlled Substances (Rx)  
  • Sex and Chronic Pain
  • The Healing Power of Positive Communication
  • Moving Forward: The Patient Perspective  
  • The Hazards of Prescribing and Administering Opioids Based Solely on Intensity: An ASPMN Position Statement (Rx) 
  • Integrative Modalities for Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management  
  • Management of Acute Pain in the Presence of Chronic Pain and Opioid Tolerance (Rx) 

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Conference Materials and Information


Wednesday Handouts (Link will open in a new window or tab.)
Thursday Handouts 
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Wednesday Evaluation (Link will open in a new window or tab.)
Thursday Evaluation 


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Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 14.60 Contact hours
  • 5.50 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
Event starts: 
01/18/2017 - 8:00am PST
Event ends: 
01/19/2017 - 4:50pm PST
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
United States

Available Credit

  • 14.60 Contact hours
  • 5.50 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
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