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ATrain Education Inc.

Pain: Healthcare's Persistent Challenge

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Overview / Abstract:

Outlines efforts to improve pain management policies, procedures, and healthcare professional education in the United States. Covers both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of pain and discusses the reasons for the startling increase in use, misuse, and abuse of prescription opioids. Describes pain management in special populations and offers effective tools for assessing and documenting pain. Describes common rehabilitation therapy treatments for pain, including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and ultrasound, among others as well as their effectiveness. Describes common complementary and alternative pain management techniques, including mediation, acupuncture, and yoga, among others. Describes barriers to effective pain management policies and procedures in healthcare organizations.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

*Explain when morphine and heroin were first developed.
*Name three patient populations that experience undertreatment of pain.
*Define government’s two major responsibilities under the Central Principle of Balance.
*Discuss the purpose of a prescription drug monitoring program.
*Explain three physiologic effects of unrelieved pain.
*Define acute pain, chronic pain, and complex regional pain syndrome.
*Compare and contrast two overall approaches to pain management.
*List five common pain conditions.
*Explain one over-reaching issue encountered in the treatment of pain in special populations.
*State three practices that all healthcare professionals are encouraged to use in the assessment of pain.
*Explain how depression and anxiety are related to chronic pain.
*Identify three commonly used pharmacologic components of non-opioid analgesic pain management.
*Define prescription drug abuse, tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
*List three patient populations that have experienced large increases in prescription opioid overdose deaths in recent years.
*Summarize three approaches to curbing prescription opioid abuse.
*Identify three non-pharmacologic treatments that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain.
*Describe three complementary or integrative approaches that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain.
*Discuss three barriers to the effective management of pain in the healthcare system.


Nov 01, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Occupational Therapy CE, Physical Therapy CE





Credits / Hours



American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), California Board of Physical Therapy, California Board of Registered Nursing, Florida Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, New York Physical Therapy Association, Oregon Board of Pharmacy

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Nancy Evans, BS

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Keywords / Search Terms

ATrain Education Inc. ATrain Education Inc. ATrain Education, ATrainCeu, pain, management, opioids, pharmacology, laws, pain scales, rehabilitation, physical therapy, nursing, acute, chronic, post-surgical, arthritis,

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