APhA-APRS ESAS Colleagues in Research: Applying Patient-Centered Care in Pain Management


Pain is a complex phenomenon resulting from and influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. The role of prescription opioids in pain management, in particular, has received significant attention in recent years. Pharmacists across multiple settings are well positioned to engage in science-informed, patient-centered pain management. In this session, experts will discuss the science on two aspects of pain management: patient-centered communication and genetic testing. Recommendations from the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium regarding these medications will be discussed. Presenters will share best-practice examples that demonstrate how to integrate their research findings in clinical pharmacy practice..

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge based-activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of patient-centered care from the pharmacist’s perspective.
  2. Summarize the science of patient-centered communication in pain management.
  3. Describe pharmacogenetic tests that are available to guide the use of opioids in pain management.
  4. Discuss research opportunities related to patient-centered care and genetic testing in pain management.
  5. Describe strategies used by pharmacists to implement genetic testing in clinical pharmacy practice.


Elvin Price, Pharm.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
Associate Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
Nicholas Hagemeier, PharmD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 1
Pathway: Day of Science
Track: Integrating Science into Practice
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Music City Center - Room 103C
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-069-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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