Supporting Pain Management with Occupational Therapy

An On-Demand Webinar
This session will explore how occupational therapy can manage pain.
Medium: Video with PPT, eLearning
Webinar Presentation: PDF icon Supporting Pain Management with Occupational Therapy
Activity Length: 43 minutes
Test Time: 5 minutes
This presentation was originally recorded as part of the Managing Pain During Serious Illness educational series on November 29, 2022.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for interdisciplinary healthcare providers, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers dedicated to managing pain during serious illness.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify communication tools to have productive conversations with individuals experiencing pain;
  • Describe the role of occupational therapy in pain management across the care continuum;
  • Discuss treatment approaches and interventions that occupational therapists utilize for pain management.

Commercial Support: This CME-certified activity has not requested or received any support or funding from commercial interests. This includes but is not limited to pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Aliza Baron
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Participation
  • 0.75 Social Work CEU
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
  Stephanie McCammon, OTR
  Senior Occupational Therapist
  Rush University

  Lydia Royeen, PhD, OTR
  Assistant Professor
  Occupational Therapy
  Texas Woman's University
This activity is designed by the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program. Click here to learn more!

View a partial list of Dr. Royeen's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

Additional References:
Baum, C. & Christiansen, C. (2005). Person-environment-occupation-performance: An occupation based framework for practice. In Christiansen, C., Baum, C., & Bass- Haugen, J. (Eds.), Occupational therapy: Performance, participation, and well- being (3rd ed.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
World Health Organization. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (2 March 2018). Retrieved from:
Law, M., Cooper, B., Strong, S., Stewart, D., Rigby, P., & Letts, L. (1996). The Person–Environment–Occupation Model: A transactive approach to occupational performance. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 9–23.
American Occupational Therapy Association (2022). Role of Occupational Therapy in Pain Management. The American journal of occupational therapy: American Occupational Therapy Association, 75(Supplement_3), 7513410010.

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

No one in a position to control the educational content of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Worker Credit

University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for Supporting Pain Management with Occupational Therapy for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
.75 social work continuing education units are provided for this enduring activity.

Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
Instructions for Participation and Claiming Credit
This online educational activity (enduring material) is designed to be completed within the time designated. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period. To receive a certificate, the participant must watch the complete video presentation and correctly answer all questions (100% pass rate) on the post-test. The activity can be accessed by simply clicking "Complete Activity" and watching the video presentation. Once finished, you will be able to proceed to the post-test. Upon successful completion, the participant may claim credit and save or print their certificate.
Physicians and social workers are eligible to receive continuing education credit applicable to their profession. All other participants will receive a certificate indicating participation in this AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™-approved activity. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
For questions about CME credit or technical issues, please contact the Center for CME at the University of Chicago at

DISCLAIMER  The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Medicine, or the Department/Section.

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