Research & Teaching
IPCA is committed to creating a better health care system. This section of our website describes some of the projects which show how we are walking the talk.
The staff at IPCA are involved in clinical trial of new pain relieving technologies. For a sample of this research click here.
We have a 10 year commitment to developing and researching better means of delivering healthcare, click here to learn about our care coordination research program.
Based on our extensive experience supporting and teaching primary care providers, we have put together and published a description of the overarching 9 best practices for evaluation and treatment of pain. Most of these best practices in fact apply to all healthcare disciplines.
IPCA has long been a leader in primary care pain education, as well. Two novel programs demonstrate this: our ECHO pain teaching program and our National Institutes of Health funded on line primary care education program.
Transdisciplinary Research Program
Under an National Institutes of Health grant, the investigators developed a comprehensive problem based interactive on line CME that has no ties to medical industry; they developed a pain competency test for primary care; and they tested the on-line CME against best available live CME presentations. This is therefore the first and only Pain Medicine CME that has been tested to see how well it met its educational goals using validated knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs assessment tool; and it was also tested against typical live CME to show that it is at least as good. Click here to read the Reuters press release on the published results. The on line CME developed in this research project is continuously updated and remains available to all providers at the original hosting sit, Virtual Home Library. Two publications from this work are:
Education Generalist Physicians About Chronic Pain: Live Experts and Online Education Can Both Provide Durable Benefits. Harris J, Elliot T, Davis B, et al Pain Medicine 2008;vol9(5):555-563
Know Pain 50: a Tool for Assessing Physician Pain Management Education Harris J, Fulginiti J, Gordon P, Elliot T, Davis B, et al Pain Medicine 2008;Vol 9(5):542-554