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News&Review No.3

10 Professor Michael Schäfer PAIN EDUCATION – A MODULAR LEARNING APPROACH Educating healthcare professionals on the adequate use of analgesics based on underlying pain mecha- nisms have been identified as a cru- cial part of CHANGE PAIN. Evidence suggests that medical training of pain management at both under- graduate and postgraduate level is insufficient1. An electronic poll car- ried out with participants at the CHANGE PAIN Expert Summit con- firmed these findings with more than half having received no teach- ing on pain management during their university education, while just over a third had received less than 10 hours education (Figure 4). To address these problems the CHANGE PAIN expert group has devised a new educational pro- gramme called PAIN EDUCATION. It comprises an online learning course which can be adapted to different individual and national requirements. Part of the course consists of three electronic mod- ules on Continuing Medical Educa- tion (eCME) each of which takes one hour to complete and earns one European CME credit. Three mod- ules are now available: COMMENTARY Professor Michael Schäfer, Charité University, Berlin, Germany A major point identified at the CHANGE PAIN Expert Summit was the need to place a greater emphasis on the teaching of pain management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in order to strengthen the healthcare professional’s expertise in pain and thus support better out- comes in pain management. PAIN EDUCATION is contributing by providing healthcare professionals with up-to-date scientific data on chronic pain. It offers a range of complementary learning programmes which physicians are able to tailor to suit their individual requirements. Module 1 deals with pain assess- ment and communication between physician and patient. The multi- dimensional assessment of chronic pain is emphasized together with the importance of individual patient- centred treatment goals. Module 2 looks at the multimodal management of chronic pain. The benefits and side effects of different drugs are discussed including use of other therapies such as physio- therapy, psychological treatment and patient education. Module 3 includes an in-depth re- view of mechanism-orientated phar- macological treatment of chronic pain and how to identify causative mech- anisms and emphasizing the impor- tance of initiating early treatment. The international eCME modules are now available on the website www.change-pain.com and national modules will be accessible via local websites. References 1. Survey of undergraduate pain curricula for healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom: A Short Report.The Pain Education Special Inter- est Group of the British Pain Society.The British Pain Society, London, UK, 2009. http://www. britishpainsociety.org/members_sig_edu_short_ report_survey.pdf (accessed 22nd January 2010). RESULTS OF DIGITAL VOTING QUESTION AT EXPERT SUMMIT Remembering your university education – how many hours of teaching on pain management did you have? n=104 1 = None 2 = < 10 hours 3 = < 50 hours 4 = > 50 hours 51 % 36.5 % 6.7 % 5.8 % Figure 4