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Finding the Moral Frameworks of Pain Management
Esther I. Bernhofer, PhD, RN, PMGT-BC, CPE, Associate Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
Target Audience
This session will benefit all healthcare professionals interested in understanding how applying moral/ethical frameworks to the management of pain will provide for more just, safe, and effective individual treatment and pain management policies.
Webinar Description
Since ancient times, those who cared for the sick have ascribed to a moral obligation to ease pain and suffering. So why is it that today, with the advanced science of pain management, the treatment of pain is often so enigmatic and suffering continues? In this session, we will explore what makes pain management an ethical endeavor and how understanding pain-ethics connections and using moral/ethical frameworks will help healthcare professionals provide better pain care for their patients.
Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss what makes pain management an ethical endeavor.
  • Describe at least one moral theory/framework that informs pain management policy/practice.
  • Discuss practical applications of moral/ethical theories that could improve pain management practice and policies.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 03/30/2024
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 Attendance Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI086770 and 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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