Pharmacy: Pain Management Therapies: Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Modalities

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About Course #Y8013

Start Date: September 10, 2019

Expiration Date: September 10, 2022

Pain affects more than 100 million people in the United States. To address the multifactorial aspects of pain, a multimodal approach-using nonpharmacological, pharmacological, and supportive care modalities to manage different types of pain-has been the recommendation according to the most recent guidelines.

Challenges identified among healthcare providers, including pharmacists, are professional knowledge gaps on effective treatment for pain and practicing in professional silos when managing patients who suffer from pain. Collaboration among healthcare providers, interprofessional continuing education, and improved patient communication and empowerment are needed to manage pain appropriately. Furthermore, pharmacists have a meaningful and growing opportunity to ensure patients are managed appropriately-balancing pain management and abuse-as they will always encounter those with pain, whether or not it is the patient's primary issue.

The purpose of this course is to provide evidenced-based information of nonpharmacological and pharmacological therapies for appropriate pain management using a multimodal approach. This course is designed for pharmacists practicing in any setting to be able to recommend different modalities to manage those suffering from different types of pain.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-19-013-H04-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 04 - General Pharmacy

Course Objectives

  • Describe the physiology, pathophysiology, and different types of pain.
  • Define multimodal pain management and describe its advantages in treating pain.
  • Recommend pharmacological pain medications and monitor potential adverse effects.
  • Explain the opioid addiction crisis and identify ways to prevent abuse potential.

About the Author

Germin Fahim, PharmD, BCPS, completed her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree at Jefferson School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, She completed a postgraduate year 1 residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Her postgraduate year 2 residency specialized in drug information at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which is affiliated with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. After completing 2 years of residency, Dr. Fahim accepted a position as clinical assistant professor at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University where she co-teaches various courses including Drug Information.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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