Learning Objectives

On completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Apply pharmacologic management strategies to the management of chronic pain
  2. Describe the impact of substance use disorders on pain management
  3. Develop an approach to assessing and treating pain in patients with a history of substance abuse who are at risk for the development of opioid misuse behaviors

Target Audiences:

         Medical students: 3rd year

         Pharmacy students: pharmacotherapy seminar and clinical clerkship


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. dental, medicine, pharmacy, 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 acute and chronic pain management with an emphasis on safe and effective opioid analgesia in a patient with a history of substance abuse.



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 (url). 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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