NIH Record - National Institutes of Health

April 23

Krebs To Speak on Improving Chronic-Pain Management in Primary Care

Dr. Erin Krebs
Dr. Erin Krebs

Photo:  April Eilers

Chronic pain is a complex problem with many different causes, co-occurring conditions and consequences. Primary care clinicians play a key role in caring for these patients, but research has found they face many challenges in doing so—such as workload burdens and health systems not designed or equipped for chronic-pain management.

On Monday, Apr. 23 at 11 a.m., Dr. Erin Krebs will lecture in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, on “Reframing the Primary Care Management of Chronic Pain.” An internist, Krebs is a health-services researcher and associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her talk is part of NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

Krebs will discuss the characteristics and clinical needs of patients with chronic pain, including those receiving long-term opioid therapy. She will provide examples of recent and ongoing research and explore opportunities to improve chronic- pain management, including in U.S. military and veteran populations. The lecture will be available at and; more information is at

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