This module reviews basic principles of pain assessment and management with a focus on pain at the end of life.
- Comprehensive pain assessment is essential to adequate pain relief.
- There are many barriers impeding pain assessment and treatment.
- Healthcare professionals should work collaboratively with the patient, their family and interdisciplinary colleagues toward optimum use of drug and non-drug interventions.
- Treatment of pain at the end of life also includes attention to suffering.
At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Identify barriers to adequate pain relief at the end of life for patients across the life span.
- List components of a thorough pain assessment.
- Describe pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies used to relieve pain.
- Discuss the roles of members of the interdisciplinary team involved with pain assessment and management at the end of life.