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The Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider number is P0342.

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
First Published
Updated19 June 2018
Expires 23 October 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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.

Topics
  • 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
Need

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.

Purpose

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.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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
Target Audience

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.

Disclosure

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.

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