Target Audience: Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician 1.5 Credits Activity Release Date: 4/13/2022 12:00:00 AM Activity Expiration Date: 8/12/2024 12:00:00 AM Pharmacology
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Course Summary
Pain is a subjective experience, which means that patients will experience pain in diverse ways. This also means that there is no objective, physical methodology to measure pain. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have important roles to play in their patients’ pain management in hospital and commercial pharmacy settings. When pharmacists interact with patients within these settings, they can facilitate patient education, and they can identify potential risks to patients who are part of specific population groups. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can be more effective in helping patients manage their pain when they utilize their knowledge of the physiology of pain and pain assessment. This knowledge is crucial for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who may be reviewing a patient’s medical history and records, and who may interact with primary care providers with the goal of improving outcomes for patients who have transient or persistent pain. Expanded roles for pharmacists in a patient’s treatment options for chronic pain have also shown better outcomes for patients.
Course Objectives
  • Identify the types and classifications of pain
  • Describe the pain assessment process
  • Compare pharmacotherapy to other pain management therapies that are available to patients
  • Describe the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician in a patient’s pain management and their contribution to improving patient outcomes
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Course Syllabus

I.         Introduction

II.         Defining Pain

III.         Types of Pain

IV.         Physiological Classifications of Pain

  1. Neuropathic Pain
  2. Somatic Pain
  3. Visceral Pain

V.         Pain Assessment

  1. Location
  2. Duration
  3. Description
  4. Methods for Assessing Pain
  5. Assessing Pain in Cognitively Impaired Patients
  6. Assessing Pain in Children and Adolescents
  7. Assessment Based on Cultural Considerations

VI.         Pharmacotherapy

  1. Opioid Pain Medications
  2. Non-opioid Pain Medications
  3. Adjuvants
  4. Other Modes of Administering Pain Medication

VII.         Alternative Therapies for Pain Control

  1. Massage Therapy
  2. Thermal Therapy
  3. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  4. Psychotherapy and Mind-body Exercises

VIII.         The Role of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Pain Management

IX.         Summary

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