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Evaluating and Treating Pain: Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine – Harvard Medical School

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016


A significant amount of research has indicated that many, if not all, types of pain are undertreated. Some data indicate that only 25% of patients treated for pain receive adequate relief. In addition, several studies have shown that various pain relieving techniques may be used inappropriately, which can result in patient harm.

Evaluating and Treating Pain is a live course held each spring in Boston. It provides a comprehensive review and update of the basic science and advances in the field of pain medicine. The faculty includes specialists in many aspects of pain medicine including anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry and psychology, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, interventional radiology, and neurosurgery. Participants learn how to diagnose common pain problems and explore various options for treatment of chronic pain, acute pain, and cancer-related pain. Pharmacologic, behavioral, and interventional treatments of pain will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Optimally select patients for pharmacological treatment of pain with opioids and other medications and titrate the doses appropriately
  • Optimally select patients for interventional pain treatments such as injection therapies and implanted devices
  • Use a variety of pain relieving techniques to assure adequate pain control in clinical practice
  • Consider mind/body techniques to use in practice to help your patients with chronic or debilitating pain
  • Apply current guidelines for the management of pediatric pain
  • Assess effective ways in which to manage end-of-life pain

Target Audience

This course is targeted to psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. This course may also be of interest to specialty physicians who practice in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Pain Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.


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