Online Education | The Challenge of Pain - 2013

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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. 

Teaching methods include audio lectures, case studies, and downloadable handouts. This course was recorded in January 2013 at a conference for healthcare professionals provided by Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing. 

Publish date: June 13, 2013. 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:

  • Describe current perspectives on pain.
  • Discuss practical pharmacological approaches used in treating pain.
  • Describe the use of opioids in patients with substance abuse and chronic pain.
  • Discuss opioid medication and the effects on breathing and sleep.
  • Describe proper methadone dosing and patient management.
  • Define the impact of psychiatric comorbidities on the pain experience.
  • Describe challenges in the management of acute pain in patients with chronic pain.
  • Discuss the relationship between exercise and management of back pain.
  • Critically examine the evidence evaluating chronic cancer-related pain in cancer survivors.

Additional Information

  • 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: 
  • 10.70 Contact hours
  • 8.70 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
  • Mario De Pinto, MD
    Chief, Pain Relief Service, HMC; Assitant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, UW
  • Vishesh Kapur, MD, MPH
    Director of Sleep Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, HMC, Professor, School of Medicine, UW
  • John D. Loeser, MD
    Professor Emeritus, Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UW
  • Joseph Merrill, MD, MPH
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UWMC
  • James Robinson, MD, PhD
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, UW
  • Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, ACHPN
    Nurse Practitioner, Palliative and Supportive Care Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UW, Seattle
  • 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

HMC=Harborview Medical Center
UW=University of Washington
UWMC=University of Washington Medical Center

Available Credit

  • 10.70 Contact hours
  • 8.70 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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