The University of Kentucky Division of Community Medicine of the Department of Family & Community Medicine is excited to be partnering with CECentral to offer online community medical education to practicing clinicians. The target audience of this content extends to varying professions and disciplines that care for Central Appalachians throughout the chronic pain spectrum. These include physicians, advanced practice providers (APP), massage and behavioral therapists (MT and BT), and physical therapists (PT).


This was possible with the help and collaboration of our partners listed below:

University of Kentucky (UK) with the Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN), West Virginia University (WVU) and the WV Practice-Based Research Network, Kentucky All Schedule Prescriptions Electronic Reporting Agency (KASPER) and West Virginia RxDataTrack Controlled Substance Automated Prescription Program (CSAPP) prescription monitoring agencies, Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kentucky and West Virginia Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). This program was developed with an unrestricted grant from the Pfizer Consortium.

Course Overview:

The Central Appalachia Inter-Professional Pain Education Collaborative (CAIPEC):

The central goal of CAIPEC is to improve the delivery of chronic pain management to Central Appalachia residents through an evidence-based and inter-professional approach. The intention of CAIPEC is to advance knowledge on team-based care and processes and the appropriate management of chronic pain through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities. CAIPEC will deliver multi-faceted continuing education (CE) interventions (including web-based modules, roundtables and conference presentations) to a professionally diverse group of healthcare providers caring for individuals with chronic pain. The target audience for the CAIPEC continuing education activities includes physicians, advanced practice providers (APP), Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physicians Assistants (PA), Behavioral Scientist (BS) massage and behavioral therapists (MT and BT), and physical therapists (PT).

Web-based Modules:

Seven live and archived webcasts have been conducted for an interdisciplinary and inter-professional target audience. There are seven web-based lectures, each focused on one of the seven modules with its targeted learning objective.

The seven modules covered are:
  • Epidemiology of Chronic Pain
  • The Biopsychosocial Aspects of Chronic Pain
  • Risk Management
  • Chronic Pain History and Shared Decision making Approaches
  • Examination and Diagnostic Testing in Patients with Chronic Pain
  • Non-Pharmacologic and Pharmacologic Treatment Options
  • Practice Enhancement in Managing People with Chronic Pain through a Team-based approach

The webcasts are up to 30 minutes each in duration and CE will be provided after evaluations are complete. The targeted audiences for each webcast include: Physicians (MD & DO), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), Physicians Assistants (PA), Massage therapists (MT), Physical therapists (PT) and Behavioral Healthcare Professionals.

This course meets the criteria for the KBML HB1 approval. Specific hours will be awarded per module.

PTs and PTAs may apply this course toward their Category 1 continued competency activities but must complete all eight modules and claim the Other credit type. To obtain a certificate for Category 1 credit, print copies of the certificates for all of the modules and email them to Sarah Weatherford. The Category 1 credit certificate will be emailed to you.

  • Pre-test – Take this pre-test and preliminary survey to gain access to the online modules.

The webcasts can be accessed on this site under the View Webcasts tab!

Inter-Professional Roundtables:

Roundtable events include facilitated chronic pain management case-based interactive sessions which highlight educational content aligned with our module objectives. Facilitators will include a Physician or APP, a Behavioral Healthcare Provider, a Massage Therapist, and/or Physical Therapist.

Each roundtable will include up to 20 participants from various professional disciplines. An overarching theme will be team-based approaches to managing individuals with chronic pain and how local factors either facilitate or impede team-based approaches.

Each session will be approximately 2-hours in length and CE will be provided after completing the pre/post event evaluations. Dates and locations for Kentucky and West Virginia roundtables are shown under the Roundtables tab.

Chronic Pain Toolkit and Implementation:

We have developed a Chronic Pain Toolkit, which is a collection of resources and templates for clinics to adapt based on their specific needs. The toolkit aligns with the educational content of the seven modules of the CAIPEC chronic pain management program and can function as a “how-to” for providers. The target audience of the CPP Toolkit includes Physicians (MD, DO), NP’s, PA’s and Clinical Staff.

Learners who access and implement the Toolkit are encouraged and guided to utilize it as a Quality Improvement (QI) project for their healthcare setting, and provided with information about the processes for maintenance of certification (MOC) PI-CME credit (targeted for MD & DO’s). All this information and more is available under the Toolkit tab!