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Pain Assessment and Management: Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Advance your competence in caring for those with serious illness. This module focuses on pain assessment and management including treatment strategies for acute and chronic pain, opioid responses, pain pathways, assessment tools and questionnaires, opioid conversions, and adjuvant analgesics.

Upon completion of this online module, the learner should be better able to:
• Understand opioid pharmacology and its clinical importance
• Understand pain pathways, phenotypes, and the importance of these pathways to cancer pain management strategies
• Better assess pain using multiple pain assessment tools and questionnaires
• Rationally choose an opioid based on patient and clinical characteristics and context
• Convert opioid equivalents and adjust opioids using opioid conversion tables and guidelines
• Understand the limitations of equianalgesic tables
• Convert opioids from oral to alternative routes (intravenous, subcutaneous, rectal, and spinal)
• Appropriately titrate opioids based upon pain intensity
• Identify and treat opioid side effects
• Appropriately treat cancer pain in someone with an addiction disorder

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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative care. Learn more.


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