Learning Objectives


Learning objectives are based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) inter-professional pain education curriculum, however specific learning objectives for the on-line module and small group session(s) will be chosen and developed by co-investigators of each discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing).  Inter-professional workshops will then be developed by all co-investigators and advisors.  These workshops will serve as a forum for sharing each discipline’s pain management perspectives.

Each teaching method will present no more than five learning objectives in order to maximize students’ mastering of the objectives.

The focus of this case is to teach principles of pain assessment and chronic pain management in the older adult with pain and comorbid poor sleep.


At the end of this module, learners will be able to: 

  1. State the prevalence of pain in older adults
  2. State age-related changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  3. Perform age-appropriate pain assessment in the home setting
  4. Identify potential drug-drug and drug-disease interactions
  5. Discuss with an older adult the bi-directional association between altered sleep and pain 
  6. Identify worrisome symptoms and suspected diagnoses necessitating lumbar spine imaging in the older adult  
  7. Develop a bowel protocol for the older adult

Target Audiences

  • Medical students: clerkship
  • Nursing students:  Juniors and Seniors


The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Director of Pain Education:

  • Beth B. Murinson, MS, MD, PhD: Principal Investigator

The Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Department of Acute & Chronic Care:

  • Sharon L. Kozachik, PhD, RN
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