Learning Objectives

  1. Apply valid and reliable tools for measuring pain and associated symptoms to assess and reassess related outcomes as appropriate for the older adult with shoulder pain.
  2. Identify the value and contribution of each team with respect to evaluation and treatment, communication and pain management for the older adult with shoulder pain.
  3. Compare evaluation and pain treatment plan of a patient with shoulder pain within
  4. and between different healthcare professions

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is pre-licensure students in medicine, nursing, social services, pharmacy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Length of Course

The length for this course is approximately 60 minutes depending on the individual use. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion.


This curriculum resource was supported with funding from the NIH Pain Consortium, which approves the educational value of the information provided. The authors listed on this resource are responsible for its content, and questions may be directed to their Center of Excellence in Pain Education. The NIH Pain Consortium provides these evidence-based curriculum resources on pain management as a service to academic medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, and other health professional schools. This resource is for educational purposes and is not intended as medical practice guidelines. Evidence-based practices may have changed since the publication of the


Primary Investigator (PI)

Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN

Co-Primary Investigator (Co-PI)

Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD

Project Coordinator

Eiko Oka, MPH

Case Developers Team

  • Dana Dailey, PT, PhD (Lead)
  • Carol Gorney, MPAS, PA-C
  • Linda Hand, PhD
  • Valerie Keffala, PhD
  • Barbara St. Marie, PhD, ANP, GNP
  • Sara Sanders, PhD, MSW
  • John Swegle, PharmD
  • Glen Abernathy, MD

Instructional Design Team

  • Nor Hashidah Abd Hamid, PhD (Instructional Designer)
  • Laurie Walkner, MA, BSN (Instructional Design Coordinator)
  • Melissa Richlen, BA (Media Specialist)


  • Mary Nell Jackson as Betty Miller
  • Barbara St. Marie as the Primary Care Provider
  • Dana Dailey as Physical Therapist


  • Dana Dailey, PT, PhD
  • Laurie Walkner (Nurse Telephone Communication)
  • Eric Kontowicz (Social Service Telephone Communication)


  • Katherine Hadlandsmyth, PhD
  • Anthony Brenneman, MPAS
  • A special thanks to University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Mary Nell Jackson for providing space and time for video recording.
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