Pain Management and Ethics: What’s the Right Thing To Do? - WEB-CHES347

Pain Management and Ethics: What’s the Right Thing To Do?

by Esther Bernhofer, PhD, RN-BC, CPE
(4.8 / 29 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
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Healthcare professionals in most disciplines encounter patients with pain every day. Whether responsible for making assessments, prescribing treatment, or managing care, the professional must continuously make decisions on how to care for a patient with pain. In the current climate of escalating opioid abuse, it may seem that the struggle to determine “the right thing to do” is even more complex. Often the right answer is blurred by the subjective nature and experience of pain itself. Adding new legal restrictions and guidelines to many analgesic agents (most often opioids) further complicates how patients are scrutinized and treated for their pain. Because the treatment of pain has historically always been a moral endeavor, please join a discussion with a pain management expert to look at how ethics, values, and teamwork may contribute to better care for patients with complex pain management issues. 


The goal of this webinar is to examine and discuss pain management ethics and values-based clinical decision-making among an interdisciplinary audience. Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:
  • Discuss why managing patients’ pain is unique and must be considered in an ethical context.
  • Describe how the four basic principles of ethics are relative to pain management.
  • Discuss how values-based decision-making stems from ethics and influences the management of pain.
  • Review how the healthcare team can work together to support pain management efforts.

Esther I. Bernhofer, PhD, RN-BC, CPE, Nurse Scientist II, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, discloses that she has previously received teaching and speaking fees from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, nursing assistants, occupational therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, physician assistants, and social workers.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 2/22/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/22/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Tari D - Clarksville, TN  ·  Jul 09, 2019
This course, like all others from this website was very informative. I enjoy how I can take my time and review the material before the exam and feel very confident that I can implement any changes as needed.
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Ingrid S - Thonotosassa, FL  ·  May 05, 2019
Excellent presentation and content-highly recommend viewing this.
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Tona W - Aldan, PA  ·  Mar 10, 2019
the course was informative and useful
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Monica D - Miami, FL  ·  Feb 20, 2019
very interesting and informative
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Karen W - Angwin, CA  ·  Jan 21, 2019
I knew some from IRB-credentials for research on human subjects; this was from a different slant; VERY NICELY DONE
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