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PAIN EDUCATOR

An extraordinary Institute of Medicine (IOM) report offers Blueprint for Pain Relief. Written by the Institute of Medicine Committee on Advancing Pain, Research, Care, and Education the IOM published a report on June 29, 2011 titled "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research."

According to IOM, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.

Among other things, IOM report stressed the following(underlined for emphasis):

1. Across healthcare and society alike, there are major gaps in knowledge about pain.

2. Educating health professionals about how to better understand pain and its causes will help bridge the gap.

3. Improving Education is especially important for primary care providers, given their key role in Pain Management.

4. Improved Education about appropriate assessment and treatment of pain will, it is hoped someday conquer some of the barriers to pain that exist.

The IOM further stressed that Pain represents a National Challenge and that a Cultural Transformation is necessary to better prevent, assess, treat, and understand pain of all types.

Therefore, Government Agencies, HealthCare providers, Health Care Professional Associations, Educators, and Public and Private funders should take the lead in this transformation.

The Amercan Academy of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (AAPBS) will, as a National Priority, take the lead as a Major Educator in this transformation. Apart from a very high standard Pain Management Program (PMPQ), AAPBS has a Pain Educator available.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PAIN EDUCATOR

  • To serve as a resource to educate Clinical Peers, as well as Patients, Families, and Caregivers, on ways to relieve pain by the safest means possible.
  • To provide education about Pain Assessment, Evaluation, and Management via formal presentations and direct contact with health care professionals and/or patients on an individual or group basis.
  • To improve the standard of of clinical pain practice and to enhance the health and quality of pain sufferers by providing educational activities that lead to better pain control.
  • To transfer knowledge to and teach others about pain.
  • To provide pain-related education to those who can benefit from it.
  • To keep peers informed about key pain-related advances and developments.
  • To improve pain management through education and training and become the "go to" resource for imparting evidence-based guidelines.

LAY PAIN MANAGEMENT EDUCATION FOR PATIENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS, CAREGIVERS, AND THE PUBLIC

  • Biological and Psychological Aspects of Pain
  • The Nature of Pain
  • Self-help strategies to prevent, cope with, and reduce pain
  • Available Treatments for Pain

PAIN MANAGEMENT EDUCATION FOR PAIN SPECIALISTS, CLINICS, AND PAIN INSTITUTIONS

  • Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Care
  • Bio-psychosocial and Collaborative Aspects of Care
  • Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Aspects of Pain Care

PAIN MANAGEMENT EDUCATION FOR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

  • Standards of Practice
  • Barriers and Misconceptions 
  • Physiology of Pain
  • Pain assessment
  • Types of Pain
  • Assessment Tools
  • Analgesics: Non-Opioids, Opioids, Adjuvant Medications
  • Non-pharmacological Interventions
  • Symptom Management
  • Psychosocial, Spiritual, and Cultural Issues
  • Pain Management for Special Populations (e.g., Older Adults, Pediatrics, Chemically Dependent)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Documentations  

1. COMPLETED EXTENSIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING WITH 13 HIGHLY REPUTABLE MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND ASSOCIATIONS IN THE USA.

2. MEMBER, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PAIN EDUCATORS (ASPE)

3. PAIN EDUCATOR

3. BOARD CERTIFIED IN PAIN MANAGEMENT (CPM) 

"The mission of the ASPE is to improve the standards of clinical pain practice and to enhance the health and quality of life of pain sufferers by providing educational activities that lead to better pain control"

-----------American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE)

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