The mission of Project ECHO® is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas, and to monitor outcomes of this treatment.
Project ECHO® is funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has received support from the New Mexico Legislature, the University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Department of Public Health.
Chronic Pain and Headache Management TeleECHO Clinic
Pain management is a significant issue in healthcare today, with upwards of 70 percent of emergency room visits constituting pain concerns. In addition, community clinicians often times have a knowledge gap as it relates to pain management. The Chronic Pain & Headache TeleECHO Clinic facilitates a multifaceted approach to chronic pain by incorporating a team of specialists that support primary care clinicians in rural communities who lack the resources necessary to sufficiently understand the management of pain.
The clinic includes didactic presentations by specialists on specific topics of interest, and in-depth case-based presentations by community clinicians for feedback and recommendations. Clinicians are given access to evidence based educational resources, and are encouraged to express any suggestions or comments that they have regarding the clinic. An environment of group learning and best practice protocols is established that reduces variation in care and improves outcomes for patients experiencing chronic pain.