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Comprehensive care of pain: Developing systems and tools to improve patient care and resident education. Int J Psychiatry Med 2016 May;51(4):337-46



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2-s2.0-84982976231 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   5 Citations


Chronic non-cancer pain is a common condition associated with tremendous risk for morbidity and mortality. In many settings, the management of chronic non-cancer pain by primary care providers, although customary, can be difficult due to inadequate training and conflicts between patient expectations and best practices. Resident physicians, faculty, and staff of this family medicine residency program developed a comprehensive chronic pain management program to address these issues while improving patient outcomes. The program was aligned with evidence-based chronic non-cancer pain management strategies yet tailored to the needs of the providers and patients and the strengths of the clinic. In the end, the societal demand for improved chronic non-cancer pain management resulted in a massive curricular and clinical practice overhaul for this residency program.

Author List

Rickert J, Devlin K, Krohn K


Kwanza Devlin MD Assistant Professor in the Family Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Julie Lewis Rickert PsyD Director, Associate Professor in the Family Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Chronic Pain
Internship and Residency
Pain Management
Patient Care
Quality Improvement
Self Care