Online Education | The Challenge of Pain 2018 - What is Pain Self-Management?

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What is Pain Self-Management and How Do You Support It?

The objective of the PainTracker Self-Manager (PTSM) study was "to develop and test a web-based chronic pain self-management/engagement tool in a pain specialty setting." Dr. Sullivan presents methods, outcomes and lessons from the PTSM study, including how an increased understanding and acceptance of pain can help patients with chronic pain more effectively manage their everyday pain to be able to engage in meaningful activities.



Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Medical History and Ethics; Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, UW School of Medicine, Seattle


Target Audience

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


Comments from Conference Attendees

"I am interested in the Pain Tracker tool. The session was specific about the study methods, and I would like to see it applied in practice."


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Recognize the role of self-management in chronic pain care.
  2. Discuss the role of technology in supporting pain self-management. 
  3. Describe how to apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy through technology.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.16 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Available Credit

  • 1.16 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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