Lessons Learned: Group Acupuncture in Primary Care
Chronic pain is undertreated and possibly overmedicated in urban poor populations in the United States. Even while non-pharmacologic therapies are shown to be effective they are not widely accessible to these populations. This presentation discusses disparities in the treatment of chronic pain, the evidence for acupuncture therapies, and the aims, rationale, and challenges of a implementing an acupuncture research project in primary care settings in the Bronx. Finding solutions to the challenges of integrating acupuncture therapy can benefit underserved populations with chronic pain by making a safe, effective, and feasible treatment accessible to the urban underserved.
Faculty: Melissa Diane McKee, MD, MS; Arya Nielsen, PhD
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Discuss the evidence for acupuncture therapies in the treatment of chronic pain and the potential contribution of the AADDOPT study.
- Describe disparities in pain prevalence and outcomes of pain treatment among underserved patients.
- Discuss the possible challenges and solutions related to delivering acupuncture therapy in the community health center setting.
Melissa Diane McKee, MD, MS, is a professor and research division director in the department of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is founding director of the New York City Research Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING), a practice-based research network focused on decreasing disparities through primary care research and quality improvement.
Arya Nielsen, PhD, is practitioner, teacher, author, and researcher and is considered the Western clinical authority on Gua sha. She has a research doctorate and a faculty appointment Mount Sinai Beth Israel where she directs the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care. Her research includes both the physiology and therapeutic effect of Gua sha, acupuncture therapies for acute care and inpatient setting as well as research on the treatment of chronic pain in underserved populations. Dr. Nielsen served on the Joint Commission Stakeholder panel on pain that led to their clarification on nonpharmacologic therapies as a necessary option for patients in US health care facilities and outpatient clinics.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Drs. McKee and Nielsen report that they have nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
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The Academy of Integrative Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- 1.00 ANCC
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