Addiction: Dealing with Actual, or the Potential for, in Chronic Pain Management (1PC)
Clara Boland, PhD, RN
Nursing Clinical Consultant - Gerontology
Purpose – To examine issues and provide current guidelines in the care of those with chronic non-cancer pain who have current or recovering addictive disease or other abusive drug behaviors.
-Review development and mechanisms of chronic pain.
-Define addiction and clarify the differences among non-addictive behaviors often identified as addiction.
-Discuss legal/ethical considerations in caring for the addicted individual.
-Review pertinent clinical guidelines.
-Discuss levels of pain medications and management as applied to the addict.
1 Patient Care hour BNHA approved course
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