This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.
This course will be a discussion of pain management. We will first discuss the history and then bring it into the modern day. Pain management has evolved greatly over the decades and, in more recent history, has been heavily influenced by the Opioid Epidemic in the United States.
This course will present the guidelines, mandates, and resulting unintended consequences of each initiative. The CDC, in response to a request from the medical community, issued guidelines relating to opioids and pain management - these guidelines, dated 2022, are in this course.
It is commonly accepted that changes need to be made in the medical community – this includes the pharmaceutical industry and government bodies and regulators. However, perhaps the biggest change that needs to be made is cultural. Patient expectations of pain management must evolve over time to acknowledge our current societal predicament. Further education on the mechanism of pain, both acute and chronic, as well as reasonable expectations of treating pain, will be a big part of healthcare professionals’ practices going forward.