Pain assessment is essential to optimal pain management interventions. Studies have found that the two primary barriers for health care professionals are poor pain assessment and lack of knowledge about pain.
This session will define key assessments for a targeted pain interview, identify common chronic pain conditions and explore treatment options, including complementary therapies with emerging evidence.
Use of monitoring resources and documentation will also be emphasized as part of a comprehensive pain assessment to guide and adjust treatment plans.
As a result of completing this course, learners will be able / better able to:
Understand essential elements of a pain interview and assessment.
Rapidly assess, appraise and interpret painful symptoms.
Develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Identify key considerations before starting opioid therapy.
Maximize use of monitoring resources in chronic opioid therapy including urine drug screening, prescription drug monitoring programs and adherence to opioid consent agreements.
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