Pain Management Update

2.00 CME
2.00 CE
120 MINS
$25 FEE
Family Medicine

Commercial Support: This activity is NOT supported by a commercial educational grant.

Required Hardware / Software:

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
  • Other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Target Audience: This independent self study activity is designed for physicians and nursing professionals at all levels and settings in the healthcare industry.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the presentation of pain;
  • List different types and causes of pain;
  • Discuss the factors that influence pain perception and intensity;
  • Describe the barriers to pain management and ways to overcome them;
  • Discuss various treatment modalities;
  • List some guidelines for the use of opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and adjuvant medications;
  • Describe modes of medication administration;
  • Outline the process to effectively assess and evaluate pain;
  • State patient’s rights related to pain management.

Needs Statement
Pain is one of the most common symptoms that cause individuals to seek medical attention, with chronic pain affecting 50 million people in the United States annually. A person’s general well-being is often adversely impacted by chronic or persistent pain that is poorly controlled; including cognitive function, sleep quality, and health-related quality of life. Despite the prevalence of pain, the evidence suggests it is undertreated. Inadequate pain-management education, biases in clinician perceptions, and incomplete pain assessment have been recognized as potential barriers to adequate pain management.

Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN

Dr. Ebener is employed by Florida State College at Jacksonville as the Dean of Nursing. In addition, Dr. Ebener has taught courses related to nursing, health care and statistical analysis at the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Florida campus and ECPI University, Orlando campus. She holds a BSN degree from Illinois Wesleyan University; her MSN is from Andrews University, MI; and her PhD. is from the University of Florida at Gainesville.

AKH Inc. Staff/Reviewers:
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN – Lead Nurse Planner

Method of Participation
In order to receive credit, participants should read the entire monograph, complete and submit an evaluation and score at least 70% on the self-assessment test. AKH Inc. allows for one (1) re-test at no additional charge; additional re-tests must be purchased again at the full cost. Certificates will be available in the transcripts upon successful completion of the self-assessment test. If you have questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

Accreditation Statements
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 2.0 contact hours.

FL Nursing
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is an approved provider for nursing continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing #50-2560.

This activity is awarded 2.0 contact hours.

Faculty member reports the following relationship(s):
Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN
Dr. Ebener discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Reviewer reports the following relationship(s):
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN – Lead Nurse Planner
Ms. Caputo discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use And Investigational Products
This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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