Learning Objectives

Learners will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast US versus global pain prevalence
  • List 3 barriers to pain treatment
  • Assess how own pain experiences and pain treatment attitudes will impact patient care
  • Recognize specific challenges of pain assessment including: the limitations of self-report and behavioral observation, and biases in pain measurement
  • Appraise the reliability and reproducibility  of pain scales based on experimental pain assessment
  • Select appropriate approaches to evaluating pain in special populations: especially children, the elderly, and non-verbal populations
  • Recognize elements of the biopsychosocial model as a foundation for establishing an individualized pain treatment plan with each patient.
  • Describe the 4 components of a pain treatment plan, e.g., Goals, Expectations, Treatment Methods, and Time Course, including the  importance of establishing appropriate expectations of pain treatment for individualized, meaningful pain relief.
  • Apply a basic mechanism-based classification of pain to developing a multi-modal treatment plan incorporating specific treatment modalities
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