In light of these statistics, it is important that health care professionals understand how to identify and assess for pain conditions in their practice. Dr. Rodoletz, Co-founder and Director of Continuing Education, adds that "it is imperative that clinicians working in the pain context are prepared to individually tailor a comprehensive pain management plan and work within an interdisciplinary model" to facilitate coordination of care and overcome common treatment-related barriers on a patient-by-patient basis. This new online CE/CEU course will present health professionals with the information necessary to achieve these goals. Specifically, after completing this course, health professionals will be able to: 1) name common patient-based barriers to appropriate and comprehensive pain management; 2) articulate the basic components of a comprehensive pain management plan; 3) identify the best practices in coordination of care between medical and mental health providers; and 4) discuss the scope of the major, validated and reliable pain and mental health screening instruments and describe the recommended method of administration given patient characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, age, cognitive functioning, culture).
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