Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Pain Management at the End of Life [Project Brief]


Through public forums with health care providers and consumers, the Maine Hospice Council identified a need for increased pain management education for health care professionals. Confusion among providers and consumers regarding legal issues, often state specific, concerning pain management at the end-of-life is prevalent. Further, lack of pain education during medical school training is frequently cited.
The Maine Hospice Council considered various ways to meet this need for pain management education. It was felt that a conference or training seminar would not reach a significant number of providers and an alternative method of education was formulated. Many physicians have indicated interest in self-guided educational opportunities and staff at the Muskie School successfully implemented a self-study program concerning medications for the elderly. A grant from the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives was awarded in 2005 to the Maine Hospice Council to continue its education of health care professionals about pain-related issues. The Muskie School was contracted to provide project research, writing, and organization of the study packet.

Publication Type: 
Project Brief
Publish Date: 
June 1, 2006

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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