Management of Chronic Pain

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Estimated time to complete session: 45 min.

Learning Objectives

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, including the rational use of opioids.
6. Describe opiate side effects and withdrawal.
7. Identify the differences between tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, and pseudoaddiction.
8. Identify key facts regarding urine drug testing.
9. List elements of a pain management (informed consent & treatment) agreement as recommended by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed
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Gary I. Levine, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, The Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina, Greenville, North Carolina

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  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed

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