Talking to Patients About Pain: We Need to do Better
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May 28, 2020
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Nocebo, Placebo
Pain has become a hot topic in the physical therapy profession as the APTA has pushed the #ChoosePT campaign to promote physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) as front-line providers to deal with pain at multiple different stages. The problem with this initiative is that many PTs/PTAs do not feel confident, or at times comfortable discussing pain with
their patients. While it is important to understand the science behind the pain experience, including identifying different types of pain; what is equally important is translating that knowledge into the clinic.
This course is designed to better clinicians' understanding of what pain is, including the understanding that it is an output produced by the pain (an emotion) rather than a sensation. This course is further designed to help providers understand the importance of discussing pain with their patients related to outcomes, as well as understand how to discuss pain with their patients using clinical examples that the patients can understand.
Upon completion of the course, the attendee will:
- Understand what pain is, how it is produced, and different types of pain which can be experienced.
- Understand the effects our words have on patient outcomes related to pain including the Role of Placebo and Nocebo effects when discussing pain with our patients.
- Understand research regarding patient perception and role of education on pain management.
- Learn clinical examples to be utilized with patients to strengthen efficacy of pain education.
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.
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- Alabama Chapter, APTA
- APTA of Maryland
- Arizona PTA
- Indiana Chapter, APTA
- MN BPT
- Montana Chapter, APTA
- Ohio PTA
- South Carolina PTA
How to Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.