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The Functional Pain Scale: Changing the Conversation About Pain
Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Deborah Gentile, PhD, RN-BC, Senior Research Scientist, Advocate Aurora Health
Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, and Physician Assistants
Webinar Description
This webinar will discuss the rationale for moving away from establishing and evaluating a pain treatment on the basis of a numeric rating scale value to one that takes into account pain tolerability and the impact its treatment has on functioning. Validation of the Functional Pain Scale, its acceptability to patients and professionals, and next steps to change the conversation about pain will be explored.
Educational Objective

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

  • Describe how methods of assessing / reassessing may contribute to the safety and efficacy of a pain treatment plan.
  • Explain the validity and reliability of the Functional Pain Scale as developed and limitations if used in different populations or settings.
  • Determine the next steps needed to advance related research, training, and clinical practice.
Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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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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