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Telehealth Care Programs for Preventing Chronic Pain and Addiction


15 October 2020


12:00 AM11:59 PM

Presented on 15 October 2020 at 9:00 EDT/8:00 CDT

This is a practical webinar on how to implement telehealth self-care programs as part of routine treatment of pain conditions to prevent chronic pain and long-term dependence on opioids and other medications. This health professional course will focus on the following objectives:

  1. The Importance of preventing chronic pain and addiction,
  2. Risk factors and protective factors in chronic pain and their assessment,
  3. Evidence-based telehealth care programs that integrate telehealth coaching, risk assessment, and the self-management training for patients,
  4. Implementation of telehealth care programs to prevent chronic pain and addiction in routine care.

Resources from the Presenter:


Dr. James Fricton, DDS, MS

Dr. James Fricton is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Senior Researcher HealthPartners Institute, and a Board-Certified Pain Specialist at the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic. He was trained in Medical Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UCLA School of Medicine and has 40 years of experience in patient care, University teaching, and National Institutes of Health-sponsored research on relieving and preventing chronic pain with the use of health information technology in patient care. With over 150 publications and books and grants with his most recent NIH-sponsored research on preventing chronic pain and addiction using telehealth solutions.


Karen Lawson, MD

Karen Lawson, MD, is teaching faculty at the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota where she leads the integrative medical education efforts, teaches about Shamanism, and directs all Health Coaching activities, including the Health Coaching track in the post-baccalaureate certificate program, outside consulting contracts, and research efforts. Since that time, her wide-ranging experience has included work as an integrative medicine consultant, and as a physician in emergency medicine and family practice. She is the former medical director of Lamat Medical Corporation in San Diego, Calif., and of The Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. She has studied shamanic medicine since the mid 1990’s and also brings expertise in meditation, yoga, dance/movement therapies and nutrition. Karen’s special interests include rites of passage and rituals for healing. In her current position, Karen is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty development, and graduate studies. Dr. Lawson is a published author and researcher, and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of integrated and holistic health care practices.

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