Abbreviated Description: Pain neuroscience education initially emerged from a need to better treat chronic pain, While traditionally performed in the outpatient clinic setting format, research is now recognizing the need for pain education to move “upstream” to when an individual has an initial acute pain experience that places them into a health system. This workshop will detail how health systems can educate all staff members on how to speak to a patient in pain: namely, use of pain neuroscience education, “psychologically informed” practice, and promotion of non-pharmacological pain treatment interventions as the “first line defense” over opioids for patients via implementation of a “Pain Control & Comfort Menu.” Participants will also learn a multitude of non-pharmacological interventions such as exercise, manual therapy, modalities, selected relaxation strategies and other mind-body techniques to foster self-management of pain, and to improve their ability to speak to patients in pain via a role play format.
Recognize how each healthcare discipline plays a role in implementing pain neuroscience education as part of a multi-disciplinary team to address pain in an acute/inpatient setting.
Identify at least 5 non-pharmacological pain treatment strategies and how they relate to pain neuroscience education tenants.
Demonstrate understanding of how to implement incorporation of non-pharmacological pain treatment methods via creation of a “Pain Control & Comfort Menu.”
Perform at least 2 techniques that could be implemented for patients as per the “Pain Menu.”
Identify through the case studies presented examples of client language, psycho-social and/or psycho-emotional factors via role play and use appropriate ways of speaking to address these factors