Online Education | The Challenge of Pain 2018 - Caring for the Overwhelming Patient

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Caring for the Overwhelming Patient with Pain

Chronic pain can be overwhelming for the patient, the provider and the healthcare system at large. In this module, Dr. Tauben acknowledges the burden of the chronic pain experience and gives overwhelmed clinicians a fresh perspective and new strategies for enjoying, not dreading, their patients with chronic pain.



David Tauben, MD
Chief, UW Division of Pain Medicine; Clinical Professor, Dept. of Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Dept. of Medicine, UW School of Medicine, Seattle; Co-Principle Investigator, UW NIH Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education, Seattle; Director of Medical Student and Resident Education in Pain Medicine, Medical Director, UW Telepain, Seattle, WA

Target Audience

Nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, physicial assistants, physicians, respiratory therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other interested healthcare professionals in all settings.


Comments from Conference Attendees

"Tauben was spot-on. He gave great specifics on caring for patients with pain."

"Dr. Tauben's presentation was by far my favorite. So many of the concepts he discussed were touched on by other speakers, it brought the whole thing together."


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe why chronic pain can be so overwhelming for many of our patients.
  2. Rapidly assess multiple domains of the chronic pain experience to include social, psychologic and environmental dimensions.
  3. Implement communication and referral strategies that can lessen the intensity of the burden of pain for your patients.
  4. Enjoy, not dread, your patients with chronic pain.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.21 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Available Credit

  • 1.21 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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