Online Education | The Challenge of Pain - 2012

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This online course focuses on the challenge of pain for healthcare professionals in all settings. Evidence-based strategies for assessing and managing pain in acute care, long term care, ambulatory care, specialty care, and palliative care settings are presented by national and regional interdisciplinary pain specialists.

The course was recorded in January 2012 at a conference provided by Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Teaching methods include video, audio and handouts.

Publish date: September 1, 2012. This course will be available for three years from this date.

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Target Audience

Nurse practioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, pharmacist, social workers, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, you should be better able to:

  • Identify areas to integrate Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation into individual clinical and educational settings to improve quality of pain management.
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of evidence-based health care.
  • Define conditions under the new Washington State rules in which a consultation with a pain management specialist must occur and how a prescriber can be exempt from this requirement.
  • Describe the components of the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).
  • Describe  practical pharmacological approaches used in treating pain.
  • Discuss unique pain management issues in the last few weeks of life.
  • Describe current perspectives on pain.
  • Discuss the overlap between physical and psychic pain.
  • Discuss the evidence-based management of back pain.
  • Describe the components of written opioid agreements, including urine toxicology.
  • Critically examine the evidence evaluating chronic opioid therapy in chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Discuss how hypnosis and hypnotherapy are effective in treating pain and the comorbidities of pain such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and poor health choices.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
  • Historical perspective on pain
  • Pearls of Pharmacological Pain Management
  • Opiods
  • Pain, Opiods and Sleep
  • Risks and Benefits of Methadone
  • Depression
  • Perioperative Pain Management
  • Exercise Therapy for Chronic Back Pain
  • Cancer and Chronic Pain


UWCNE Accreditation Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 14.80 Contact hours
  • 6.10 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
  • Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA
    Professor of Education and Research, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, UW
  • Chris Baumgartner, BS
    Director, Prescription Monitoring Program, Washington State Department of Health, Olympia
  • Alex Cahana, MD, DAAPM, MEthics 
    Chief, Division of Pain Medicine; Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Medical History and Ethics, School of Medicine, UW
  • Barbara Dailey, DNP, ARNP, CCMSHt, FIBH 
    Nurse Practitioner and Medical Hynotherapist, Supportive Therapies, PLLC, Bellevue
  • Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, ACHPN 
    Nurse Practitioner, Palliative and Supportive Care Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UW, Seattle
  • Margaret M. Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN 
    Professor & Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Chair, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, UW; Co-Director, Center for Research on the Management of Sleep Disturbances, UW
  • Mimi Pattison, MD, FAAHPM 
    Medical Director, Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, Tacoma
  • James Robinson, MD, PhD 
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, UW          
  • David Tauben, MD 
    Director, Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, UW
  • Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, MA 
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, UW; Investigator and Acting Associate Director for Education and Evaluation, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
  • Dennis C. Turk, PhD 
    John & Emma Bonica Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, UW; Director, Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement, & Effectiveness (C-PRIME); Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Journal of Pain

UW=University of Washington, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 14.80 Contact hours
  • 6.10 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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