LRMC Tele-Mentoring Program Extends Care Beyond Borders

U.S. Army (02/19/21) Sanchez, Marcy

The U.S. Office of the Surgeon General Army Pain Management Task Force has partnered with the University of New Mexico's Project ECHO program to expand access to pain specialty care. The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) ECHO tele-mentoring model employs a network of 20 military facilities to share best practices and science-based interventions via videoconferencing and virtual learning sessions. LRMC is located in Landstuhl, Germany. "ECHO ... combines continuing medical education with rigorous case discussion and vital experience sharing among providers at various [medical treatment facilities], enabling us to coordinate care, disseminate best practices, and improve quality of care and Soldier readiness," said LRMC Pain Specialist Octav Constantinescu. LRMC's Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) is one of seven IPMCs that function as a regional hub as well as the tertiary level of pain care on the Army's Stepped Care Model of Pain. This model begins with education and counseling by the patient's primary care provider, which makes quality pain education critical in getting best practices shared with the at-large medical community. The LMRC's IPMC has enhanced the coordination of interdisciplinary patient-centered treatment to improve outcomes.

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