This Course will provide an overview of the pathophysiology, types and signs and symptoms of pain, as well as what factors can influence pain, how to assess pain, and how pain differs in older adults and those with cognitive impairment.
- Definition and pathophysiology of pain
- Types of pain
- Signs and symptoms of pain, and factors influencing pain
- Pain assessment, including pain scales
- Evaluating pain management
Understanding the basic concepts of pain can facilitate more effective patient-specific pain management interventions.
In order to assist patients to meet their treatment goals, regardless of whether the pain is acute or chronic, it is vital that health professionals clearly understand evidenced-based knowledge about pain, and the patient's pain history and experience.
The purpose of this Course is to review underpinning pain concepts and fundamental assessment skills to support effective management of pain experienced by people in your care.
- Use knowledge about the pathophysiology, types, and uniqueness of pain, to facilitate effective pain management
- Identify barriers that may interfere with effective pain assessment and subsequent treatment
- Choose the appropriate tool for measuring pain and associated symptoms, to assess and reassess specific patients
This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals, especially those who may administer opioids and analgesics, as part of the management of acute, chronic and post-surgical pain.
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.