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Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466;

Troy, Mich. —Aug. 23, 2016—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, will present a six-week program on self–management for individuals with chronic pain and their families. Michigan’s Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) Chronic Pain Self-Management Program begins Sept. 22 and follows the principles of Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), an evidence-based program that provides multiple benefits to patients with chronic conditions. The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is based on the CDSMP.

The workshop is free and facilitated by co-leaders trained in the PATH program. It will be held on Thursday afternoons for six weeks beginning Sept. 22, with the last session on Oct. 27. PATH is a six-week workshop that offers tips on day-to-day living to help participants improve their health, feel better and be better able to face the challenges of living with an ongoing health condition.Subjects discussed in the chronic pain workshop include:

• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep
• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
• Appropriate use of medications
• Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
• Nutrition
• Pacing activity and rest
• How to evaluate treatment options
• Action planning, problem solving and decision-making

The workshop will be held at the Country Creek Medical Building, 4986 N. Adams Road, Rochester 48306 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm in the conference room. To register, visit or contact Carla Irvin at 248.310.8476 or Or to find a PATH workshop near you, visit the Healthy Programs in Michigan website.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET-accredited experiential learning programs for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other primary care transformation initiatives. PTI runs the Physician’s Training Center in Madison Heights. Practice Transformation Institute also has NCQA PCMH Certified Content Experts (CCE) who can help practices facilitate the process to become a PCMH NCQA-recognized practice. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute, please visit