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Chronic Pain: Communication and Evaluation Tools to Optimize Outcomes. A 45-Year-Old Man with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Chronic Pain: Communication and Evaluation Tools to Optimize Outcomes. A 45-Year-Old Man with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Neuropathic Pain


Patient Case Study

Time to Complete

0.50 hours


November 6, 2012


November 5, 2013

Maximum Credits

0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accredited Provider

Sponsored by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

If you have any questions relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact Mildred Adighiuzor at 718-920-6674.

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding visit
Produced by Haymarket Medical Education

Program Description

The pain associated with diabetic neuropathy can be debilitating for some patients. The challenges of management include effective assessment of the pain and its etiology. Effective treatment may depend on addressing underlying conditions, such as adequate glycemic control, as well as providing symptom management.

Intended Audience

Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Educational Objectives

After taking part in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Use validated screening tools to assess patients for chronic pain and response to treatment.
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment options for chronic pain as they apply to each individual.
  • Apply knowledge of pain pathways when making diagnostic and management decisions regarding patients with chronic pain.
  • Adopt communication strategies that promote patient satisfaction and adherence among patients with chronic pain.


Bill H. McCarberg, MD
Founder, Chronic Pain Management Program
Kaiser-Permanente, San Diego
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California, San Diego

Bill H. McCarberg, MD, is a consultant for Endo Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, Neurogesx, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Inc., QRxPharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, PriCara, Purdue Pharma, and Sucampo.

Bruce D. Nicholson, MD
Director, Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley
Medical Director, Division of Pain Management
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
Allentown, PA
Clinical Associate Professor
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Bruce D. Nicholson, MD, has nothing to disclose.

David Myland Kaufman, MD

Montefiore Medical Center
Medical Arts Pavilion
Bronx, NY

David Myland Kaufman, MD, has nothing to disclose.

Accreditor Disclosures

The staff of the Center for Continuing Medical Education of Albert Einstein College of Medicine has nothing to disclose relative to this CME activity.


Jill Rovitzky Black and Melissa Johnson, Haymarket Medical Education, have nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Albert Einstein designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of approved and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Lilly USA, LLC, and Haymarket Medical Education do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Lilly USA, LLC, and Haymarket Medical Education. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Presented in collaboration with PAINWeek


To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better is required. This CE is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the posttest survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.


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