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Minimizing Distress During Deprescribing: Tools for Optimizing Outcomes



Date: July 9, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Format: Didactic, PowerPoint, Question-&-Answer Session

The faculty will describe practical whole-person treatment approaches that clinicians can incorporate into their practices to help manage pain, address patient fears, and minimize withdrawal or discomfort during opioid tapers. Addressing clinician frustration during opioid tapering will also be discussed. Practical strategies for expanding the treatment team to deliver whole-person multimodal care to the extent possible will be offered. “Prescribing” behavioral strategies for pain reduction and managing distress when tapering will be reviewed, along with the language needed to encourage collaboration. The faculty will illustrate how clinicians can prepare for, address, and move forward from setbacks that might occur when deprescribing opioids.


Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD

CBT for Chronic Pain Master Trainer,
Department of Veterans Affairs

Pain Psychology Manager,
James A Haley Veterans Hospital

Associate Professor,
University of South Florida Health
     Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida

Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD, LP, ABPP

Pain Psychology Consultant

Former Co-chair,
Division of Addictions, Transplant, and Pain,
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology,
Mayo Clinic

Assistant Professor,
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives:
After participating in this activity, participants will be better able to:
  1. Apply whole-person treatment strategies during clinical interactions to help minimize pain and psychological distress when opioid deprescribing
  2. Describe tools for providers to help empower patients to apply pain self-management skills
  3. Design a plan to manage setbacks during opioid deprescribing
This webinar builds on Navigating the Challenges in an Era of Opioid Deprescribing—view this 2019 webinar recording in the AAPM Education center to learn how to identify patients who might benefit from opioid deprescribing and move them toward psychological and emotional readiness to engage in a taper trial.

Target Audience:
This activity was developed to meet the needs of Clinicians treating patients in pain.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and archived to within 2 weeks of the live training.

Continuing Education: The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a live webinar titled “Minimizing Distress During Deprescribing: Tools for Optimizing Outcomes and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants register for the webinar, attend and participate, and complete an online post-test and evaluation. Participants receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.

Accreditation: The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Funding: Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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Disclaimer:  The material presented in this activity represents the opinion of the authors/faculty and not necessarily the view of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Instructions for Course Participants:
  • This activity will consist of a didactic presentation accompanied by PowerPoint slides, live polling questions, and a question-and-answer session.
  • There is no fee to participate.
  • You are required to view the entire presentation.
  • Learners must answer all post-test questions and receive a passing score (minimum 75%) to proceed to the activity evaluation. Learners will be allowed a maximum of three opportunities to successfully receive a passing score.
  • An evaluation must be completed prior to receipt of your certificate.
  • After completing the post-test and activity evaluations, a statement of credit will be generated and printed on your own at your convenience.
  • For additional assistance, please contact the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631, 847-375-4731.
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Disclosure information appears below.

Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD
James A Haley Veterans Hospital
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
US WorldMeds LLC: Data Monitoring Board Consultant

Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD, LP, ABPP
Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota
No relevant financial relationships

PCSS Clinical Expert:
Larry C. Driver, MD
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor,
Professor, Department of Pain Medicine,
Professor, Section of Integrated Ethics,
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston, Texas
No relevant financial relationships

AAPM Education and CME Oversight Committee:
Michael Leong, MD
Boston Scientific, Concentric Analgesics, Inc., Vertos Medical:
Consulting fee for membership on advisory committee and/or review panel for all listed above

Armando Villarreal, MD, MBA
Fruit Street: Ownership interest for Board Membership

The following have no relevant financial relationships:
Rany T. Abdallah, MBA, MD, PhD
Bernard Canlas, MD
May Chin, MD
Bob Cohen, MD
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Susan Moeschler, MD
Monika Patel, MD

Jennifer Westlund, MSW (AAPM Staff Planner)
Director of Education, American Academy of Pain Medicine
No relevant financial relationships

Angela Casey
VP, Director of Scientific Services, PharmaCom Group
No relevant financial relationships

Stephanie Lee
Senior Account Manager, PharmaCom Group
No relevant financial relationships

Disclosure Disclaimer: Please note the disclosure information stated above were relevant financial relationships based upon the 12-month reporting period prior to the live education activity date of July 9, 2020.

Expert Educational Design: This educational activity was planned and facilitated by leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). AAPM is the leading medical association representing physicians committed to advancing the emerging science and practice of pain medicine. This activity is designed to improve access to quality, evidenced- based multidisciplinary pain care across the healthcare continuum.

Provider: Presented by the American Academy of Pain Medicine and hosted by Blue Sky Broadcast.


  • Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD

    Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD is a pain psychologist with expertise in developing and implementing nonpharmacological treatments for chronic pain across healthcare systems. She is an Associate Professor in the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine Department of Neurology. Dr Murphy serves as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) and is the lead author of the VA’s CBT-CP manual. She provides training workshops and presentations in both the public and private sectors on the role of behavioral management in improving pain-related functional outcomes, including opioid tapering. As a CBT-CP subject matter expert, Dr Murphy is an investigator on multiple funded clinical trials examining nonpharmacological pain treatment outcomes. She has also conducted research on the effects of opioid cessation during pain rehabilitation. She is on the editorial board of Pain Medicine and has a book available in September 2020 from APA Publishing on integrated treatment strategies for chronic pain and opioid management.

  • Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD, LP, ABPP

    Dr Jeannie A. Sperry, PhD, LP, ABPP, is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Pain Psychology Consultant. Her career has been in academic medicine settings, providing patient care and training health care providers in the interdisciplinary care of chronic pain, opioid reduction, and prevention of pain-related disability. Publications have focused on patient outcomes of interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation and medical education related to pain and opioid risk reduction. Previous professional positions include serving as faculty in academic pain medicine clinic, primary care residency clinic, and pain rehabilitation. Most recently, she was a Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, serving as Co-Chair of the Division of Addictions, Transplant, and Pain. Her work at Mayo Clinic was in the Pain Rehabilitation Center where patients are tapered off opioids and instructed in self-management techniques for chronic pain. She served on Mayo’s Opioid Stewardship Subcommittee on Patient and Provider Pain and Opioid Education and the Minnesota Health Collaborative Work Group on Pain and Opioid Addiction and chaired the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Curriculum Subcommittee on Pain and Opioid Addiction.

July 9, 2020
Thu 6:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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