PCOA-RN 13: Persistent Pain in Older Adults
1.0 Nursing Continuing Education Contact Hour
Course Target Audience
- Registered Nurses
This course describes how persistent pain presents and how to assess pain in older adults, including those living with dementia and/or multiple chronic conditions
After completing this course, practitioners will be able to describe and evaluate the effectiveness of traditional and non-traditional pain treatment options, understand how to manage pain at the end of life, and discuss how prognosis influences treatment decisions.
Course Learning Objectives
- Describe types of persistent pain and how it may present in the older adult.
- Recognize how health care professionals can assess and manage pain in older adults as part of an interprofessional team.
- Understand pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies to improve pain relief.
- Identify validated websites for patients, families and caregivers to increase their knowledge and understanding of pain etiology, treatment and management