Evidence-Based Approaches to Pain Control

by Instructor: Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN
Credentialed for: Nursing Professionals

$38.00

i 2.50 CEH

Course Overview

This continuing education module takes a public health approach across the continuum of pain care, which can be accomplished without worsening the opioid crisis. The strategy begins with preventing and effectively treating acute pain while avoiding unnecessary exposure to opioids followed by early identification and effective treatment of chronic pain or opioid use disorder, then preventing morbidity and mortality from "high-impact chronic pain" or OUD. A good place to start is to fully implement the 2016 National Pain Strategy and support the team-based patient-centered care for those with pain refractory to the standard pain relief approaches. Acknowledging the magnitude and complexity of pain and the concurrent opioid crisis and examining the comprehensive tactics delineated in the NPS for high impact, easily implemented changes, healthcare providers are on the path to lessen the suffering attributed to chronic pain.

About the Course Author

Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the clinical nurse specialist for pain relief at Massachusetts General Hospital and an adjunct associate professor in the nurse practitioner program at the MGH Institute for Health Professionals in Boston. He is a certified family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and pain management nurse who works primarily with inpatients at MGH to provide optimal pain control. He is a coinvestigator involved in interprofessional research developing a Center of Excellence in Pain Education at a variety of professional training programs in Boston. Paul volunteers for professional organizations such as the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, the American Pain Society, and the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation. He also served on committees for The Joint Commission, Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, and the Massachusetts Commission on Substance Misuse and Pain Treatment Education. Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (6 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.50HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • Commission for Case Manager Certification

    2.00HOURS

    This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 2.0 hours of nan continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration

    2.50HOURS

    Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 2.5 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 147138 Learning Need Code(s): 3070, 4090, 5350, 5420 CPE Level: Level II

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; QualityCPE@eatright.org, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

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    1.25HOURS

    Relias, LLC, #1273, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/10/2018-02/10/2021.

    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests.

    This module is Reading-Based.

    Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    2.50HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

    1.50HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Type Activity: Knowledge
    Target Audience Designation: P


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-60263
  • Hours:

    2.50
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-05-03
  • Learning Objectives:

    Create and implement a pain treatment plan that integrates guided imagery with pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies based on evidence-based guidelines given the pain type and patient specific risk factors or comorbidities; Describe the need to balance concerns about potential harms that result from uncontrolled pain and iatrogenic harms from its treatment; Evaluate multimodal treatment plans with interprofessional input for patients with complex or persistent pain; Select and properly use evidence-based pain assessment tools based on the patient’s age and ability to communicate
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: advanced level Social Workers; Dietitians; Nurses; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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