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When the Pain Won’t Go Away: Persistent Pain Management

presented by Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

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Financial— Sarah Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 26 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

This course will explain the phenomenon of pain that persists after the expected amount of time it should last, otherwise known as chronic pain. This course will address the impact of chronic pain on the patient and the clinical team providers. Lastly, the course will discuss the dilemmas of long-term opioid use and the potential for tolerance, dependence, and abuse. This course is most applicable to nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Dr. Sarah J. Murray started her career as an Army combat medic in 1993, then went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1998. Since that time, she has earned an MSN in adult health nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the clinical nurse…

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1. Persistent Pain: Maladaptive Pain

This chapter will discuss the maladaptive pain experience, including chronic neuropathic pain, and the phenomenon of chronic noncancer pain. The chapter will also explore the impact of social, emotional, and psychological factors of chronic pain on the patient and the family.

2. Long-Term Opioid Use for Persistent Noncancer Pain

This chapter will explain the most common types of medical conditions that involve chronic noncancer persistent pain. In addition, the chapter will review the goals of treatment for long-term noncancer pain conditions and the current prescribing guidelines, including absolute and relative contraindications for providers and clinicians to consider.

3. Ethical Issues: Tolerance, Misuse, and Addiction

This chapter will explore the long-term dilemmas of opioid use and define tolerance, misuse, and addiction. This chapter will delve into the potential pitfalls of chronic opioid prescribing and caring for patients on long-term opioid therapy, and it will discuss the current opioid crisis.

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