Managing Pain During Serious Illness

Join us for an engaging series of free on-demand webinars
designed to strengthen your pain management skills!

Many adults live with serious illnesses and other painful conditions that impair function, reduce the quality of life, and create social and financial strain. Patients may benefit from integrated and comprehensive services to manage their pain as they deal with an illness. These treatments may include palliative care, psychotherapy/behavioral medicine, and occupational therapy, which aim to ease pain and distress and support daily function. Although many individuals can benefit from these services, these services are often misunderstood by community members and healthcare professionals. As such, there is a need to train healthcare providers to use treatments for pain.
This webinar series will give interdisciplinary healthcare providers strategies to address pain in the context of serious illnesses such as cancer and organ failure. Providers will have greater knowledge of the psychosocial context of pain, strategies for assessing pain, and the role of behavioral health, occupational therapy, and palliative care in managing pain.

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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 completing this series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify psychosocial factors that exacerbate pain;
  • Consider strategies for assessing psychosocial responses to pain;
  • Recognize non-pharmacological treatments for pain and pain-related function;
  • 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;
  • Describe pain assessment methods and goals for patients at the end of life;
  • Discuss principles and skills in pharmacologic pain management for patients at the end of life;
  • Determine physiatric and integrative approaches to pain for patients in distress.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Aliza Baron
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Activity opens: 
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Online Presentation
United States
Click here to learn more about the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program!
ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact Aliza Baron via e-mail at
The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
  James Gerhart, PhD
  Director, Psychosocial Oncology and Integrative Medicine
  Assistant Professor, Division of Behavioral Sciences
  Rush Medical College

  Stephanie McCammon, OTR
  Senior Occupational Therapist
  Rush University


  Sean O'Mahony, MD
  Co-Director, Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program
  Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  Director, Section of Palliative Medicine
  Medical Director, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Inpatient Services
  Rush University Medical Center

  Lydia Royeen, PhD, OTR
  Assistant Professor
  Occupational Therapy
  Texas Woman's University



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.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 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 the Managing Pain During Serious Illness for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
2.5 social work continuing education units are provided for this enduring activity.
Other Healthcare Professions Credit
Nurses and 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.
This activity is free! You can proceed through each module at your own pace between now and May 5, 2024, and you'll receive a separate certificate for each module. Simply follow the steps below or PDF icon follow these instructions to complete each module.
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