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HealthForumOnline Offers New Online CE/CEU Course on Pain Screening Instruments for Medical and Mental Health Providers
Date:6/2/2009

new online CE/CEU course, A Review of Pain Screening Instruments for Medical and Mental Health Providers: Assessment and Coordination of Care of the Pain Patient, to the pain management category their extensive online CE/CEU resource library.

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) in collaboration with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) notes that "9 in 10 Americans suffer from pain and that pain is the most common reason for visits to primary care physicians." Some 25 million Americans experience acute pain, some 50 million live with chronic pain and pain accounts for the majority of long-term disability cases. The prevalence rate for chronic pain disorders has been estimated to range from 20% to 60%. For example, research has shown that an estimated 30% of the population experience low back pain and approximately 15% suffer migraines. Further, one national survey found that among patients meeting criteria for Major Depression or Dysthymia, 63% had co-morbid chronic pain conditions.

In 2001, JCAHO not only identified pain as a major health problem, but also highlighted the under-treatment of pain and its consequences. Under-treated pain can not only lead to other serious physiological health consequences, such as pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis, but can be associated with significant disability,
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