Most patients with cancer will experience pain during the course of their illness and into survivorship. Cancer pain may escalate as the disease progresses, so frequent adjustments in pain-management strategies are necessary to achieve optimal results. Although relief is possible for most peoples’ cancer pain, many of these patients will suffer needlessly from discomfort due to mismanagement, undertreatment and common misconceptions among providers. Healthcare professionals as a team can help alleviate this suffering by correcting fallacies about cancer pain and applying the principles of effective pain management and research-based interventions.
The goal of this continuing education module is to clarify healthcare professionals’ understanding of cancer pain and its clinical management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify five common misconceptions that result in ineffective pain management
- Compare addiction, physical dependence and tolerance
- Discuss healthcare professionals’ responsibilities in oncology pain management
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians/nutritionists, health educators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, pharmacists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Radiologic Technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 9/1/2012 to 9/1/2018.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.