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Delores: Musculoskeletal Pain and Moderate to Severe Dementia

Mrs. Rose is an 89-year-old, widowed white female who has resided in a nursing home for the past 3 months.  Admission was precipitated by inability to function independently, related to Dementia Alzheimer’s –type (DAT) and to widespread arthritic pain.  Her mobility is severely limited.

Devon: Sickle Cell Disease and Pain

‘Devon’s Disparate Dealings: Sickle Cell Disease and Pain’ presents the case of a 15-year-old black male with sickle cell disease who presents to the emergency department in severe pain.

Harold: Trauma Pain

Harold is an adult male with pain from trauma experienced in a car accident. This case covers assessing the aspects of the pain experience in a trauma patient with substance use disorder by integrating the health history into the treatment decision-making process, examining multimodal approaches to treat acute trauma across transitions of care, recognizing the biopsychosocial impact of the treatment of acute pain in patients with substance use disorder, and designing an appropriate treatment plan using case-based learning to address acute trauma related pain in patient with substance use disorder.

Margaret Anderson: An Older Adult with Limited Communication

Margaret Andersen is an 85-year-old woman with limited communication who demonstrates changes in behavior two weeks after entering a nursing care facility.

Mr. Frank: Pain Assessment in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults

Mr. Frank is an 80-year-old nursing home resident. Recent years have been marked by progressive cognitive decline attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. Two days prior to admission, the nursing home staff noted decreased oral intake and resistance to care but were able to dose usual medications. This progressed over the subsequent day with Mr. Frank noted to be agitated, resistant to care and uncharacteristically aggressive. Transfer to acute care facility was arranged after Mr. Frank fell from his chair.

Mrs. Farley: Chronic Temporomandibular Joint and Fibromyalgia Pain

Mrs. Christine Farley has been suffering from temporomandibular joint (jaw) and myofascial (muscular) pain, and you are asked to be part of her inter-professional team to advise on how to best help manage her pain.

Mrs. Jackson: The Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain in a Cancer Survivor

Ms. Jackson is a 38-year-old, African American nurse who completed treatment for triple negative breast cancer 5 months ago. She opted for bilateral mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. The patient is frustrated that she still experiences pain, states “it’s ruining my life."

Ms. Tatum Trauma Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

Ms. Tatum is a 30 year-old woman with a history of opioid use disorder (heroin and fentanyl) who has been treated for 2 months with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in a substance use disorder treatment program. 4 months after she transitioned her medications to her PCP, she was in a Motor Vehicle Accident and sustained multiple left-sided rib fractures as well as a jaw fracture. She has severe pain in the face, neck, and ribs and needs an acute pain management plan.

Neuropathic Pain Mechanisms, Neuromodulating Agents and Medical Home Model

This foundational course covers terms and concepts of neuropathic pain, anatomical basis for neuropathic pain, clinical applications of aberrant nociceptive processing; general concepts of pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain, anticonvulsants, anti-depressants and other neuromodulating agents; medical home models, treatment planning in the medical home context, motivating patients to participate in comprehensive care.

Opioids: Perspectives, Use Cases and Safe Management

In this foundational module, learn more about the global challenge of pain care, applications of opioids globally, features of specific opioids available locally; opioids in context, definitions of tolerance and physical dependence, management of chronic non-cancer pain; safe management definitions: clear lines and gray areas, societal impact of prescription drug abuse, assessment and management of risk in the physician’s office.

Sarah: Widespread Pain and Fibromyalgia

Sarah suffers whiplash following a car accident. She then goes on to develop widespread pain and associated fatigue. Her pain interferes with work and daily activities.

Sharee: Adolescent Sickle Cell Disease

Sharee is a teenage girl coping with pain crises related to sickle cell disease (SCD). The case provides a history of the disease onset and progression from infancy though high school as seen from her perspective explained by case principals. The case then provides details of a pain crisis episode as she prepares to transition from high school to college.

Tylee: The Story of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Related Pain

Tylee is a 20-year-old male who has suffered with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) all of his life. This longitudinal case covers his diagnosis, medical history and his pain from age six months to current age.