Management of Chronic Pain
1. Identify pain as the 5th vital sign.
2. List several illnesses and conditions associated with chronic pain.
3. Identify mechanisms for quantifying pain.
4. Recognize potential challenges in the management of chronic pain.
5. Describe pharmacologic therapy of chronic pain.
6. Describe opiate side effects and withdrawal.
7. Identify the differences between tolerance, physical dependence, addiction and pseudo addiction.
8. Identify key facts regarding urine drug testing.
9. List elements of a narcotic contract.
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Gary I. Levine, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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