ACOEM Member Price: $45.00
Non-Member Price: $60.00
Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
University of Colorado Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Nothing to disclose
Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA
President/Clinical Health Psychologist
Health Psychology Associates, PC
Pearson Publishing: Royalty
Patients who exhibit chronic pain, opioid overuse, or who fail to progress in treatment and do not return to work, are major treatment challenges for occupational medicine physicians. To address these conditions, ACOEM and other evidence-based guidelines recommend early psychosocial evaluation and possible intervention to prevent long-term disability. Unfortunately the barriers to obtaining these services frequently prevent physicians from addressing these issues. The primary objective of this session is to assist physicians in managing the psychosocial needs of their patients when these issues are impeding their expected return to full function at work or in their daily lives. This session will address how chronic pain changes the brain; how to engage the patient in understanding the need for psychosocial interventions; how to identify mental health practitioners who can treat patients within occupational health parameters; and tips for obtaining insurance acceptance. This session was coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
1. Understand biopsychosocial research on how chronic pain changes the brain.
2. Understand systemic resistance to science-based interdisciplinary care.
3. Learn how to develop an interdisciplinary occupational medicine team.
Earn up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and/or ABPM LLC Credits.
This activity expires April 30, 2022.