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1.5 Credits CME

Understanding Pain and Conducting a Pain Assessment: Practical Guidance for Pain Management

AMA December 12, 2018
This activity reviews the impact of chronic pain in the U.S., describes the current understanding of pain pathophysiology, including the response to neural injury, and key strategies for assessing pain in a patient-centric manner. Distinctions are made among nociceptive, neuropathic, centralized, acute and chronic pain. A key aspect of evaluating patients with chronic pain is the importance of mental health assessment given the biopsychosocial dimensions of chronic pain and practical advice is provided on this approach. Patient-based scenarios are used to emphasize key points. A summary of recommended medications to treat neuropathic pain also is provided.

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