Young Woman Holding Her Neck in Pain

This lesson will explore the following topics:

This lesson is intended to introduce students to life care planning issues for individuals with chronic pain. Students will become familiar with the definitions, epidemiology, and etiology of chronic pain. Medical, pharmacological, and psychological management issues will be addressed. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is discussed.

  • Learn the medical and psychological aspects of chronic pain
  • Understand the pharmacological management of individuals with chronic pain
  • Learn the definitions, epidemiology, and etiology of chronic pain
  • Identify the components of a multidisciplinary pain clinic
  • Learn the medical and psychological aspects of temporomandibular joint syndrome

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the following:

Audio lecture

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In this audio lecture, Marylin Oakes introduces students to the medical and psychological aspects of chronic pain. Ms. Oakes presents the different categories of pain and different treatment options available to individuals with chronic pain

2. Readings

See also link to diagrams – Figure 30-1 and Figure 30-2

  • Read: Chapter 17: “Life Care Planning Issues for People with Chronic Pain” in your Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (2nd or 3rd edition) In this chapter of your Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook, the authors discuss life care planning issues for individuals who have chronic pain. Approaches to the management of pain, diagnostic issues, psychological and other considerations for chronic pain management are reviewed.

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