Course: Risk Management Consult: Pain Management, 2nd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 5/1/2014
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Pain management strategies for the office-based practitioner.

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Risk Management Consult
Pain Management, 2nd Edition

The purpose of this course is to investigate the circumstances that most commonly give rise to malpractice claims and disciplinary actions involving pain management, and the policies and procedures that doctors can follow to reduce their own risks of being sued or disciplined when faced with similar circumstances.
When you complete this course, you should be able to:
1. List the types of errors that commonly give rise to pain management-related malpractice claims.
2. Explain the importance of protocols in reducing dosage and other errors.
3. Discuss the importance of patient communication and informed consent in effective pain management.
4. Explain the special precautions that need to be followed when using or prescribing narcotics off-label.

5. Describe a typical state's requirements regarding pain management.
Target Audience
This course is designed for office-based physicians who want to sharpen their risk management skills in the area of pain management, and already understand the basic concepts of risk management. 
This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test, which enables learners to study at their leisure and internalize the content at their own pace.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.
This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D. Their CVs are available online at
CME Information
Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc.designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this course: 6 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without support from any commercial interest.


No one in a position to influence course content has anything to disclose.

This course is valid for release January 1, 2018 and will expire December 31, 2021.