Family physicians are responsible for the majority of the management of chronic pain. Day one of this course will be held in a classroom setting to provide an overview of key issues in chronic pain. Days two and three will be arranged as observership days, in conjunction with the Course Coordinator at the Chronic Pain Centre, and will provide a clinical preceptorship that responds to the needs of the individual learner.
The intent of the course is for learners to:
- gain sufficient knowledge of the physiological, anatomical and psychologicalmechanisms of pain to be able to explain it in plain language to patients
- know how to assess the biological, psychological and socio-economic aspectsof pain
- acquire some useful tips for managing patients with chronic pain in a primarycare setting; including communication skills, medication management andbasic counselling skills
- become aware of the resources available in the community to support patientswith chronic pain
- practice interviewing, physical examination and treatment skills
MAINPRO-C – up to 23.0 credits if all course obligations are met
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