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Pain Interventions and Treatments

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the medications commonly used for pain relief, the physical and behavioral strategies used for pain relief, the factors that result in the undertreatment of pain, and the management of acute and/or postoperative pain.
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Effective pain management begins with effective pain assessment. Only after an assessment is completed can the healthcare provider determine how to best manage a client’s pain. Barriers to pain management that can lead to the undertreatment of pain need to be evaluated and, if relevant, addressed appropriately. Once an assessment is completed, interventions and treatment options are implemented and evaluated. Interventions and treatment options can include traditional pharmaceutical options as well as integrative therapies.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the common medications used for pain relief.
  • Compare and contrast the types of pain treated by nonopioids and opioids.
  • Describe common side effects of nonopioids and opioids.
  • Identify the "five rights" of patient safety.
  • Compare and contrast types of physical strategies for managing pain.
  • Compare and contrast types of behavioral strategies for managing pain.
  • Identify barriers that contribute to the undertreatment of pain.
  • Describe methods for effectively managing acute/postoperative pain.
  • Describe client and family considerations when developing a discharge pain management program.

Pain management should “take place within the context of a biopsychosocial approach where the role of the clinician is to assist the patient in becoming an active participant in their own healthcare” (Lynch, 2011, p. 91). Pain management strategies available today are diverse and include pharmacological, physiological, and behavioral measures. They are determined after a comprehensive assessment of the client is completed. This assessment is the most essential step in determining pain interventions.

The pain management plan of care may include traditional medical approaches, as well as nontraditional, cultural, or religious variables, which may be identified either by the healthcare provider, client, or caregiver. Including both traditional and integrative interventions for optimal pain relief, rather than taking an all-or-none approach, is cost effective, provides a wide range of relief options, and respects the client’s social, ethnic, and cultural background. The effective management of pain is a joint effort where the client is intimately involved in managing his or her own pain (Lynch, 2011).

Because pain management is a complex process, one single intervention rarely provides complete relief for the client. Rather, it is more effective to consider multiple approaches to pain management based on a careful pain assessment as well as comprehensive medical and sociocultural review. Research is continually uncovering new pain management strategies as well as innovative and unique ways to utilize more traditional pain-relief methods. The best pain relief is obtained when healthcare providers keep abreast of the research, utilize this knowledge as they deliver care, and work in collaboration with the client to develop an effective pain management plan.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

June 01, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.