Pain management is a significant issue in healthcare today with upwards of 70% of emergency room visits related to pain concerns. In addition, community clinicians often require some support as it relates to pain management.
The Chronic Pain & Opioid Management (ECHO Pain) TeleECHO Clinic facilitates a multifaceted approach to chronic pain by incorporating a team of specialists that support primary care clinicians in rural communities in the management of chronic pain and opioids.
The ECHO Pain 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 ECHO Pain clinic. An environment of group learning and best practice protocols is established to reduce variation in care and improve outcomes for patients experiencing chronic pain.
The ECHO Pain team of specialists also provide clinical patient services through the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Pain Consultation and Treatment Center. See the available services at the UNMH Pain Center.
Forms and Documents
Resources/Clinic Awards and Recognition
- Academy of Integrative Pain Management
- 2011 — Center of Excellence – Award Recipient 2011
Articles/UNM Pain Team/Others
- The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development: Implementation of telementoring for pain management in Veterans Health Administration: Spatial analysis
- Military Medicine: Expanding Health Care Access Through Education Dissemination and Implementation of the ECHO Model
- Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Innovative Telementoring for Pain Management: Project ECHO Pain
- ECHO Pain and UNM Pain Center Publications
- Advanced Pain Practitioner Curriculum from American Academy of Pain Management
- American Society of Interventional Pain Physician Practice Guidelines
- PHQ-9 Depression Assessment Tool
- GAD-7 Anxiety Assessment Tool
- SAMHSA – Medication-Assisted Treatment – Naloxone
- NM Clinical Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Materials for Patients
- Naloxone Prescribing Website
- Physician’s Clinical Support System – MAT Training
- Vlessides, M. (2013, October). Project ECHO Maintains Skills of Rural Docs, Pain Medicine News.
- Zigmond, J. (2013, September 14). Teaching by Telementoring, Modern Healthcare.
Ron Andrews, PT, PhD, OCSPhysical Therapy
Tom Arnold, DCChiropractic Medicine
Snehal Bhatt, MDGeneral Psychiatry
George Comerci, Jr., MD, FACPMedical Director
Joanna Katzman, MD, MPSHDirector of Federal Initiatives
Kelly A. SeisTeleECHO Program Coordinator
- Brian M. Shelley, MD, Family Medicine
- Christine Zampach, PT MEd, DPT, Physical Therapy
- Ernest Dole, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
- Lesley Toser, DPT, Physical Therapy
- Benson Daitz, MD, Family Medicine and Myofascial Pain
- Lucy W. Ferguson, DC, Myofascial Pain
- Ruben Franco, PA, Family Community Medicine
- Robin Swift, MPH, Sr. Program Manager, MHS Telementoring, Project ECHO
- Rebecca Fowler, MS, MPH, Research Tech 2, Telementoring, Project ECHO
- Olivia McLendon, Program Coordinator, Telementoring, Project ECHO
- Chamron Martin, Administrative Assistant for Joanna Katzman, MD.