This Ausmed Course provides an overview of the pathophysiology, types, signs and symptoms of pain, as well as what factors can influence pain, conducting a pain assessment, and how pain differs in older adults and those with cognitive impairment.
Continue your learning with part two of the Pain Management series with Opioids and Other Analgesics.
- Definition and pathophysiology of pain
- Types of pain
- Signs and symptoms of pain
- 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 Ausmed 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 Ausmed 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.
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