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Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Pain

In this module, you will review pain assessment basics. You will start with defining pain and the scope of the pain problem in the palliative care setting. You will review various pain types and causes of pain in people with serious illness. To understand how pain medications and integrative pain therapies work to decrease pain, you need to know how the body recognizes pain and makes a person hurt. Common barriers to good pain management and myths and misconceptions will be discussed. You will review how to evaluate a person’s pain and how to know if persons are having pain when they cannot tell you. Remember pain is a personal experience. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 45 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
What is Pain?7m
How is Pain Transmitted6m
Barriers to Pain Control6m
Pain Assessment Basics6m
Other Things to Know About Pain6m
A Conversation Between Francis, Mildred, and Harri3m
Assessing Pain in the Nonverbal or Cognitively Impaired6m
Reading8 readings
About Us: Palliative Care Specialization Team at CU Anschutz10m
Introduction to Pain Information10m
What is Pain?m
How Pain is Transmitted20m
Barriers to Pain Control10m
Pain Assessment Basics45m
Francis and Mildred Case Story and Story and Case Study: Background10m
How Do You Know a Person Has Pain If They Can't Tell You?m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Pain Assessment30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Non-Pharmacological pain treatment

In this module, you will review the many dimensions that can affect the way pain is expressed and how it responds to treatment. You will also review various integrative therapies or healing practices that focus on the relationship between the provider and whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit, to improve health, healing, and pain. You will start with defining complementary and alternative therapies and understanding the difference between the two. You will review four integrative health domains as defined by the National Center for Integrative Health which is part of the National Institutes of Health. Finally, you will evaluate the best evidence about the use of these therapies in managing pain in people with serious illness. Remember, it is important to ask patients if they use integrative health therapies. Try to understand their past experiences and attitudes toward non-drug treatments. The key is to find out what works for the person in pain with his/her unique characteristics. As caregivers we need to be open to various approaches and our patient’s wishes....
Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Integrative Therapies6m
Traditional Body-based Therapies8m
Nontraditional Body-based Therapies5m
Mind Body Therapies6m
Topical Therapies5m
Reading6 readings
Many Dimensions of Painm
Integrative Therapies10m
Traditional Body-based Therapies10m
Nontraditional Body-based Therapies10m
Mind Body Therapies10m
Topical Therapiesm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Non-Pharmacological Pain Treatment Assessment30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

medication management (including over the counter and non-opioid medicines)

When people have pain their quality of life can be poor and they can experience more suffering. In this module, you will learn about non-opioid medications that can be used to treat pain and ease suffering....
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
What Non-Opioids to Use and When? Part 13m
What Non-Opioids to Use and When? Part 24m
Common Side Effects3m
Reading3 readings
Easing Pain with Non-Opioid15m
What Non-Opioid to Use and When?30m
Common Side Effects40m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Medication Management Assessment20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Opioids, safety, and addiction

When people have pain their quality of life can be poor and they can experience more suffering. In this module, you will learn about opioid medications that can be used to treat pain and ease suffering....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Opioids in Pill and IV Form4m
Changing From One Opioid to Another - Part 15m
Changing From One Opioid to Another - Part 26m
Addiction, Pseudo-Addiction, Physical Dependence, and Tolerance5m
Reading4 readings
Easing Pain with Opioids20m
Opioids in Pill and IV Form20m
Changing From One Opioid to Another30m
Addiction, Pseudo-Addiction, Physical Dependence, and Tolerance45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Opioid Safety and Addiction Assessment30m

Instructors

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Regina Fink

Associate Professor
General Internal Medicine
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Maurice Scott

MD
University of Colorado - Palliative Medicine
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Kelly Arora

Co-Director, Interprofessional Graduate Certificate & Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC), Allied Health Professionals
University
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Amos Bailey

Director, Interprofessional Graduate Palliative Care Certificate/Master of Science in Palliative Care
Internal Medicine University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Nancy Robertson

Nurse Practitioner
University of Colorado Anschutz medical Campus

About University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond....

About the Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

People living with serious, life-limiting, chronic illness experience significant suffering. Fortunately there are new and developing treatments which may cure some and improve survival for many people living with serious illness. However, seriously ill people and their loved ones still experience many distressing physical symptoms as well as spiritual, social and psychological distress. There is much we can do to support people to live well with serious and life-limiting illness by understanding the causes of suffering, using effective communications, and incorporating careful assessments and interventions designed to address specific needs. The Palliative Care: It’s not Just Hospice Specialization covers core concepts on the nature of suffering and demonstrates how to evaluate suffering and illustrates this in realistic patient scenarios. In subsequent weeks we learn and practice specific skills to improve communication with patients and families to help them express their experience, express and understand their core goals and values and our own empathic response. You will also learn about specific problems such as physical pain, fatigue and shortness of breath as well as psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. In addition, spiritual and social distress will be discussed with a focus on the practical evaluation and management of these challenges. All of these skills will enable you to support people to live active and full lives despite serious illness....
Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

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