Taking Interdisciplinary Pain Management into Primary Care

This is a picture of a man with back pain talking to a doctor

Pain Management ECHO provides an opportunity for discussion, and it empowers and supports primary care providers to more effectively and confidently treat patients suffering from chronic pain in all aspects of their experience.

The Pain Management ECHO is an integration of medical, pharmacological and psychological considerations into the treatment of the chronic pain patient in rural and more isolated settings. The ECHO takes place from noon to 1 p.m. every other Thursday, January through June and September through December.


Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Accessing behavioral health resources
  • Compounded creams
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Hyperalgesia
  • PTSD
  • The dissatisfied patient
  • Long- vs. short-acting opioids

Curriculum for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

  • Sept. 7, 2017 – Pain Treatment ≠ Pain Pill
  • Sept. 21, 2017 – Diagnosis of Chronic Pain
  • Oct. 5, 2017 – Interrelation of Chronic Pain and PTSD and Adverse Childhood events
  • Oct. 19, 2017 – Co-occurrence of Behavioral Health Concerns with Chronic Pain Patients
  • Nov. 2, 2017 – Breaking Bad News – How to Effectively Communicate with Chronic Pain Patients
  • Nov. 16, 2017 – Psychotherapeutic Treatments for Chronic Pain
  • Nov. 30, 2017 – Co-morbidities in Chronic Pain
  • Dec. 14, 2017 – Endocrinology in Chronic Pain
  • Jan. 12, 2018 – Treating patients with chronic or acute pain OUD/Chronic Pain Management Combination ECHO
  • Jan. 18, 2018 – Participant’s Choice
  • Feb. 1, 2018 – Pain and Sleep Hygiene
  • Feb. 15, 2018 – Myths of Chronic Pain
  • Mar. 1, 2018 – Physical Therapy Interventions in Chronic Pain
  • Mar. 15, 2018 – Health Literacy : Diagnosis
  • Mar. 29, 2018 – Population Based Reporting and Use of PDMP in Practice
  • Apr. 12, 2018 – Regulatory Oversight of Opioids
  • Apr. 26, 2018 – Clinical Importance of Morphine Equivalents
  • May 10, 2018 – Narcan Use and Distribution
  • May 24, 2018 – Establishing Clinical Guidelines for Chronic Pain Patients
  • June 7, 2018 – Participant’s Choice
  • June 21, 2018 – Expert Team’s Choice

Meet the Expert Team

The interdisciplinary panel includes clinicians in pain management, behavioral health and pharmacy.

Karl Haake, MD, Pain Management Specialist, Misssouri Primary Care Association

Muhammad Farhan, MD, Sleep and Pain Specialist, Truman Medical Centers

George Oestreich, PharmD, Pharmacist, G.L.O. and Associates

Rich Lillard, PsyD, Psychologist, Community Health Center of Central Missouri

Anthony Brenneke, PT, MPT, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Select Physical Therapy

Dave Zellmer, Health Literacy Expert, University of Missouri

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.