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Pain Education Videos

Nora created this step-by-step patient education video for Oregon Pain Guidance to provide information and tips to help patients manage pain.

Nora teaches to how pain and activity interact and how a patient can get back to physical activity in this educational video developed for Oregon Pain Guidance.

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Changing the Conversation about Pain: Development and Testing of an Interprofessional Pain CME Applicable for Rheumatologists and Rheumatology Health Professionals, American College of Rheumatology. September 2018.

Pain Education in Primary Care and Rehab Services Improves Patient Outcomes: how a better understanding of pain results in an improvement in pain and function, decrease in pain catastrophizing, and a decrease in utilization of unnecessary services. Journal of Pain. April 2017.

Changing the Conversation About Pain: Oregon licensed clinician required CME module on patient pain education and prioritizing treatment. Oregon State Pain Commission.

Oregon Pain Toolkit: Patient tools for understanding pain and facilitating behavior change. Oregon Pain Guidance.

Persistent Pain Toolkit: Concise, multi-lingual, user-friendly teaching materials offering clinicians and patients powerful non-pharmacological approaches for addressing persistent pain. Providence Health & Services.

Providence Rehab Services Basic Pain Care Module (internal): Interactive, online CME module used by all Providence Oregon rehabilitation therapists through Healthstream. Providence Health & Services.


Pain and Elders Forum, Clackamas County, OR, 2020: Presenter at county forum supported by Clackamas County Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention, Providence Milwaukie and Oregon State Pain Management Commission.  

Providence Rehabilitation Services Oregon Statewide Trainings, 2011-2020:

"Treating the Sensitive Nervous System: applying principles of the sensitized nervous system to existing and easily accessible therapy practice" - presenter of 3 separate trainings approved for 16 CEUs and attended by 70 trainees. Developed hotspot mentoring to support local teams with monthly case reviews.

“Understanding the Neurophysiology of Pain” - presenter of 1.5 CEU approved training to all Providence Rehabilitation staff throughout Oregon reaching 300+ providers. In one year, principles of this training were reinforced through an online Basic Pain Care Module, and through a monthly Lunch and Learn case review series.


"Neurophysiology of Pain" - presenter of 20-90 minute CME trainings for MDs including PCPs, anesthesiologists, neurologists, orthopedists, ED physicians, as well as nursing, behavioral health, and MAs. 

Understanding Pain and Opiates: Challenges for the Student Athlete, Newberg, OR, 2019: Collaborated with Oregon Health Authority to leverage project management through the Prescription Drug Overdose Coordinator program and coordinated funding from Yamhill CCO and Providence Sports Care to host this community event offering pain education composed of restructured Yamhill county pain education classes.

OPTA Pain Summit, OHSU, Portland, OR, 2017-2019:

Conceptualized and proposed OPTA Pain Summit concept

Member of OPTA Pain Summit Planning Committee

Presenter at OPTA Pain Summit annually from 2017-2019


OPTA Pain Summit 2017 Presentations:

“Changing the Conversation about Pain” - presenter

“Don’t Try this Trick Alone” - panel moderator on team care

Oregon Opioid and Other Drugs, Pain and Addiction Treatment (OPAT) Conference, Bend, OR, 2019:

“New Pain Education Tools for Oregon Providers and Patients" - presenter in collaboration with OHSU assistant professor, Catriona Buist, PsyD, and Comagine educators Kevin Novak, MS, and Sara Love, ND.


“Changing the Conversation about Pain: Oregon Pain Education Tools” - presenter with Catriona Buist, PsyD.

NW Safety and Quality Partnership Conference, Portland, OR, 2019

“Organizational Response to the Opioid Crisis: Rethinking Pain” presentation with Trish Anderson, MBA, BSN.

Oregon Pain Summit, 2018-2019: Master of Ceremonies

American Academy of Pain Management Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 2017:

“Behavioral Health and Pain Education Interventions: Helping Patients Understand and Change Their Pain” -  presenter with Stephen Stanos, MD, & Carolyn McManus, PT.

American Pain Society Presentation, Pittsburg, PA, 2017:

“Pain education in primary care and rehab services improves patient outcomes” - presenter.

Portland Pain Study Group

This Portland, OR based multidisciplinary clinical study group  uses a pain science framework to study  a range of topics related to biopsychosocial-oriented pain care. Our group is open to professional members. Currently, the group meets virtually every 2 months.

Learn more about Nora's experience at

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Nora describes how pain and activity interact and how a patient can get back to physical activity in this educational video developed for Oregon Pain Guidance.

Nora developed this CME module with the Oregon Pain Management Commission for all levels of healthcare professionals

Nora teaches on the neuroscience of pain and the importance of providing this pain science training to rehabilitation and primary care clinicians.

Nora Stern, MS, PT and Director of Know About Pain  shares 20+ years of

pain education expertise in these media samples from her extensive career. 


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