Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how cultural, institutional, societal, and regulatory influences affect assessment and management of pain.
  2. Use valid and reliable tools for measuring pain and associated symptoms to assess and reassess related outcomes as appropriate for the clinical context and population.
  3. Demonstrate the inclusion of patient and others in education and shared decision-making process for pain care.
  4. Develop a treatment plan that takes into account the differences between acute pain, acute on chronic pain, chronic/persistent pain.
  5. Describe the role, scope or practice, and contribution of the different professions within a pain management care team.
  6. Assess the implementation of an individualized pain managemtn plan that integrates the perspectives of patient, their social support systems, and health care providers in the context of available resources.
  7. Discusss communication with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and repsonsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.


Primary Investigator (PI): Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN

Co-Primary Investigators (Co-PI’s):

  • Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD
  • Tanya Uden-Holman, PhD

Project Coordinator: Eiko Oka, MPH

Case Developers Team:

  • Dana Dailey, PT, PhD (Lead)
  • Joseph Chen, MD
  • Carol Gorney, MPAS, PA-C
  • Linda Hand, PhD
  • Jen Lee, PhD
  • Barbara St. Marie, PhD, ANP, GNP
  • Sara Sanders, PhD, MSW
  • John Swegle, PharmD

Instructional Design Team:

  • Nor Hashidah Abd Hamid, PhD (Instructional Designer)
  • Laurie Walkner, MA, BSN (Instructional Design Coordinator)
  • John Choate, AD (Media Specialist)


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 resource.

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