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Distance Learning: At the Crossroads: Pain Management at the End of Life

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Jennifer Hale, RN BS CHPN
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Sponsor: Blue Ridge AHEC

Session Description: Palliative and end of life care is a growing area of practice, and practitioners may feel unprepared to deal with the complex issues it encompasses. This program is designed to enhance the healthcare professional's awareness of the skills, knowledge, values, methods, and sensitivities needed to work effectively with clients, families, other health care providers, and the community when working in end of life situations.


Session Objectives:
Participants in "Pain Management at the End of Life" will be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence of pain in the hospice and palliative care setting
  2. Recognize the impact of pain on patients, families and the healthcare system
  3. Identify common barriers to effective pain management
  4. Define the types of pain experienced by the hospice and palliative patient
  5. State the principles of effective pain management
  6. Identify the components of a thorough pain assessment

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at