Pain Management

Course 1: Comprehensive Pain Assessment

Last Reviewed: January 15, 2015

What You’ll Learn

  1. Describe the importance of safe and effective management of pain in people with serious illness
  2. Identify the elements of a comprehensive pain assessment
  3. Recognize specific pain types and patterns that guide safe and effective treatment

What You’ll Earn

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:

Case Management: 2.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 2.00 CE
Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 2.00 CNE
Social Work: 2.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 2.00 CE (NYSED)

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Pain Assessment Questions

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Recommended assessment questions to typify pain and inform pain management for patients with serious illness. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

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Course 1: Patient Stories

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Case example used to illustrate pain assessment concepts.

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Course 1 References: Comprehensive Pain Assessment

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

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Pain Management Glossary

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Key terms related to pain and pain management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

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Analgesics Fact Sheet

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

When to use - and when to avoid - 6 classes of analgesics including acetaminophen, NSAIDs, opioids, antiepileptics, antidepressants, and corticosteroids. Center to Advance Palliative Care, updated 2018.

Controlled Substances Act

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

The CSA is the federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated.

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Wong-Baker FACES scale

Last Updated: January 30, 2019

Illustrated pain scale for patients with cognitive impairment and children.

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Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Jaime Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW. PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.

Philip Higgins, PhD, MSSW, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Lynn Hill Spragens, MBA. President and CEO Spragens & Associates, LLC.

Jay R. Horton, PhD, ACHPN, FNP-BC, MPH, CENP. Director of Nursing Safety, Quality, and Performance Improvement Mount Sinai Hospital. Assistant Professor Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Khadidjatou Kane, MD. Oncology Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Bridget Montana, MSN, APRN, FPCN, MBA. Hope HealthCare Services, Chief Operating Officer.

Colleen Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW. Director Palliative Care Consult Service, Hartford Hospital.

Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

David Weissman, MD. President, Palliative Care Education, LLC.

Sivan Ben-Moshe, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Sachin Kale, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Katie Wang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Contact information: For technical questions about online activity or continuing education credits, contact membership@capc.org or 212-201-2674.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Course 3: Patient Factors that Influence Prescribing Decisions

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