The Comprehensive Pain Assessment Clinic (CoPAC) helps people living with chronic pain through interprofessional collaborative team practice. In January 2019, CoPAC was created as part of the Indiana University Grand Challenge: Response to Addictions Crisis and through the combined efforts of the IU IPE Center, IU health professions schools, and IU Health/Methodist Family Medicine Center. In this integrated team-based model, patients meet with providers and health professions learners to assess pain and pain-related health issues as well as social, mental health, and physical comorbidities.
The disciplines participating in CoPAC include family medicine residents, behavioral health, dentistry, nursing, medical assistant, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and social work. Overall, the interprofessional collaborative practice model involves all team members sharing responsibilities in the care plan and embracing communication strategies, i.e., huddles, check-backs, handoffs, and reflection, to improve patient care, coordination, patient engagement, and increased patient and provider satisfaction.