The ultimate goal of this Initiative is to improve patient
care, specifically by improving skills and competencies, and
changing practice performance of the individual health-system
pharmacist in appropriate management of patients with chronic
pain. In order to measure whether the intended change has
been implemented, the outcomes methodology consists of
Baseline practice of the individual learners and the unique
challenges they face will be assessed through pre-activity surveys.
Faculty will attempt to address these specific challenges during
the live activity.
Formative assessment techniques will be utilized during the
live activity. The faculty will also have an opportunity to specifically
address the knowledge gaps identified by the learners prior to the
meeting and provide guidance on how to overcome these challenges.
Learners will have ample opportunity to ask additional questions
during the Q&A portion of the program.
Post-Activity Evaluation will be designed to measure the
overall effectiveness of the educational activity. Learners will
be also asked to state the barriers to optimal assessment and
management of pain that still exist in the hospital setting and
how these barriers might be overcome.
Participation in the Pain Management Point of Care CE program
will encourage pharmacists to investigate questions relevant to the
assessment and management of pain. Through their own investigation,
learners will gain competence by consulting credible sources and
summarizing conclusions reached through their research efforts.
Learners will also document how they will incorporate the knowledge
they learned into their clinical practice. This approach allows
learners to identify their own educational needs and provides tools
and resources necessary to address those needs and improve
Online tutorial Pain Management Tools will be regularly
posted on the web portal. In this manner, learners who participated
in the live activity will have an opportunity to reinforce the
knowledge gained and apply this knowledge in the clinical setting
for the management of pain.
Once learners have reviewed all Tools, they will have the
opportunity to participate in a Virtual Case exercise. The cases
will be designed to encourage learners to apply knowledge related
to each of the Tools and provide valid and thoughtful responses at
key stages of patient management.
Upon completion of the Virtual Case exercise, learners will
be requested to complete an Overall
Post-Activity Survey and Evaluation
Form focusing on the specific ways in which they have changed their
practice performance based on each Pain Management Tool.
As an active partner of both the learners and CME providers, we recognize
that continuing education can impact the healthcare environment only
through collaboration, cooperation, and communication among its various
stakeholders. Therefore, Outcomes Reports from this Initiative will
be shared with:
All learners: This will provide the individual learners an
opportunity to see comments from fellow learners.
Faculty: This will assist the faculty in tailoring their teaching
approach on specific difficult issues and in understanding the challenges
the learners continue to face to improve their practice performance.
CME/CE provider: This will enhance the understanding of CME
providers regarding the effectiveness of educational formats and approaches.
All healthcare practitioners
Providing extensive Outcomes Assessment from this Initiative
is in keeping with our commitment to innovative approaches that
contribute to a better understanding of the healthcare environment
and, thus, offers solutions for addressing quality improvement. This
analysis will be publically available via web-postings on the UK
HealthCare CECentral and Vemco MedEd websites.