Group Medical Visits: An innovative solution for chronic pain management in a rural context
Facilitator Lesson Plan
This team-based, active-learning event features Jaclyn Thatcher, RN, DNP/FNP-S from Washington State University and Jacob Thatcher, OMS IV, at Pacific Northwest University. Group Medical Visits (GMVs) have the potential to transform chronic pain management in rural primary care and the delivery of medical care in the United States. Research shows GMVs, or Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), are an innovative solution to bring patients with common needs together to improve understanding, treatment, well-being, and quality of life. This presentation will explain GMV chronic pain management intervention techniques and conclusions from a rural primary practice setting in Idaho. GMV rural considerations will include: recruitment, facilitation, retention, and patient experiences.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the challenges and opportunities for treating opioid misuse and chronic pain in rural primary care settings.
- Define group medical visits, their process, and unique considerations in the rural setting.
- Initiate planning for group medical visits in their setting.
- Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
- Facilitate your ALP session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
- Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
- Evaluate the ALP materials on your experience.