This session introduces learners to the nature of pain and its etiologies and classifications. Pain is defined and contextualized into categories with examples of causative conditions. The biopsychosocial approach to pain management is emphasized over unidimensional approaches for a more complex understanding of the multidimensional nature of pain. Components of psychological/emotional pain in relation to chronic pain syndromes is addressed and both logico-scientific and narrative approaches are reviewed.
Instructional Strategy: Lecture/Discussion, 1 hour
Author: Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACHE
School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
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