Understanding Pain and Conducting a Pain Assessment: Practical Guidance for Pain Management

This activity describes neuropathic, centralized, acute, and chronic pain as well as the importance of mental health assessment given biopsychosocial dimensions. Patient scenarios emphasize key points, and recommended medications to treat neuropathic pain are provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and discuss classifications of pain;
  • Describe strategies for assessing pain;
  • Explain the rationale and approaches for mental health assessment as it relates to pain.

Additional Information

American Medical Association (AMA Ed Hub)
State Relevance: 
Rhode Island
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 MOC
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content report no relevant financial relationships.

Credit Renewal Date: December 11, 2020

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

1.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

1.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

1.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 MOC
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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