About PainNET

There are over 100 million people in the United States with chronic pain, and the majority will seek care from a primary care provider...

Managing chronic pain and avoiding prescription opioid misuse are enormous challenges for primary care providers. Most providers receive little or no training in pain management, and practices are ill equipped to meet the complex challenges of addressing chronic pain in a patient centered manner.

PainNET was developed by Weitzman Institute at Community Health Center, Inc. and is a flexible online learning community to engage primary care providers and practices and offer the tools and resources to learn about pain, collaborate with experts, and transform care with evidence-based practices. As part of PainNET, PCPs, specialists, nursing, and behavioral health professionals from around the country come together virtually to share knowledge, experience, and best practices.

PainNET provides a platform where providers and practices can access a range of tools:

  • A discussion forum where primary care providers and specialists answer questions, discuss pain-related topics, and share resources
  • A huge, searchable video library of Project ECHO® Pain sessions with:
    • Presented cases from real providers with specialist recommendations
    • Specialist didactic presentations (videos and presentation slides)
  • A comprehensive resource library
  • Direct messaging with pain specialists on specific cases through the eConsults platform

​PainNET community members work together to achieve the common goals of:

  • Enhancing provider skills and confidence to diagnose and treat pain effectively
  • Improving patients; pain relief and function
  • Transforming the approach to chronic pain in primary care



For more information about PainNET, please contact us.