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All-Ohio Medical School Opioid Use Disorder Collaborative Curriculum

Funded by Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

A4. Session Overview - The role of the physician in the diagnosis and management of pain

This session will cover the role of the primary physician (versus specialist) in the diagnosis and management of pain. The session will cover brief pain assessment and how to use that information to guide treatment decisions. Lecture will cover treatment discussion with special attention to the discussion itself as therapeutic. Lecture will briefly cover regulatory concerns over patients that present with pain.

Instructional Strategy: Lecture, 40 minutes

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how to briefly assess a patient’s pain type and origin.
  2. Identify red flags for urgent conditions causing pain.
  3. Comprehend medico-legal regulation surrounding pain.
  4. Comprehend types of treatment options and differences between treatments.
  5. Explain the value of validation of a patient’s pain in treatment and follow up.
  6. Differentiate between pain validation and prescribing.

Author: Cheryl McCullumsmith, MD, PhD

School: University of Toledo

Curriculum Template - Role of the Physician_McCullumsmith 6-21-2019