(Est time: 0.75 hrs) This module trains clinicians to use first line pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain treatments for common pain conditions based upon a complete history and pain assessment. The importance of collaborating and communicating with other colleagues in treating pain is emphasized.
Goal: Healthcare clinicians in training will be able to choose the most appropriate first line pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy for common pain conditions based upon a complete pain assessment. They will learn to collaborate and communicate with colleagues to use an integrated approach to multidisciplinary pain treatment.
Take a systematic approach to pain history, assessment, and diagnosis
Describe the main pharmacological and non-pharmacological categories of pain treatments
Choose the most appropriate category of treatment for a patient with acute or chronic pain conditions
Follow first line best practice guidelines for common chronic pain conditions
Collaborate with colleagues in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management with a medical “home”
(Est time: 0.75 hrs) This module will provide an overview for how to determine if opioid treatment is appropriate for a patient with pain based on pharmacological and patient variables, weighing potential positive and negative effects. It also trains students in preventing and managing potential problems, such as substance abuse.
Goal: The student will be able to decide how opioid therapy, especially chronic opioid therapy, might impact an individual patient, taking into consideration pain severity, functioning, and possible risks and side effects and take steps to minimize negative impact.
Recognize when opioid therapy is indicated based on pain severity, functioning, and risk of addiction or abuse plus response to first line therapies
Assess and minimize side effects of chronic opioid therapy and provide appropriate patient education.
Develop an opioid medication treatment plan that includes sufficient treatment structure and a plan for safe discontinuation if needed
Plan to monitor patients on chronic opioid therapy to assess continued need and appropriate use
(Est time: 0.16 hrs) This module will provide an overview of advanced opioid pain treatment concepts for residents. Topics covered include: treatment agreements, targeted population treatment, high-risk patient case studies, and more.
Goal: The student will be able to decide how to treat specific populations with opioid therapies.
Recognize when opioid therapy is indicated for specific populations based on pain severity, functioning, and risk of addiction or abuse plus response to first line therapies
Develop an opioid medication treatment plan that includes sufficient treatment structure for specific populations
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Module development and evaluation has been funded solely through learner fees and funding from the NIH including: Buprenorphine Medical Student Education (#R44-DA12066), Medical Student Education on Alcohol Abuse and Dependence (#1R44AA016724-01A1), Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) Associated with Genetics (#R25-HG02266), Tobacco Cessation Web Based Modules for AHEC Students (Grant #R44HL65885), and Medical Student Pain Education (Grant #1R44DA027245-01). The website and Clinical Tools receive no support from the pharmaceutical or device manufacturing industries.