Learning Objectives

  1. Prevalence of pain syndromes in cancer survivorship.
  2. Transition from acute post-surgical pain to chronic pain
  3. Transition in goals of care with chronic pain
  4. Behavioral strategies in management of chronic pain

Target Audiences

  • Medical students: 3rd year
  • Medicine and Family Practice Residents
  • Pharmacy, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational therapy students


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 risk factors for transition from acute to chronic pain, clarification of goals of care in the context of chronic pain, and behavioral strategies to augment opioid pain management strategies in chronic pain.


Birmingham VA Medical Center/University of Alabama at Birmingham        

Cynthia J Brown, M.D., M.S.P.H                         Co-Principal Investigator

Elizabeth A Kvale, M.D. *                                     Co-Principal Investigator

 University of Alabama at Birmingham

Date of publication:  Month/Day/Year

*Communicating  Author: ekvale@uabmc.edu


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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