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Online Lectures and Courses

Increasing Patient Access to Pain Medicines around the World: Improving National Policies that Govern Drug Distribution

This course is about the relationship between government policies that affect the medical availability of opioid analgesics and patients who experience moderate to severe pain. It is critically important for health care professionals, government drug regulators, and advocates involved in palliative care and pain relief to understand the government policies that control opioid analgesics and how they can block or ensure patient access to opioid analgesics.

It was designed to provide a synthesis of the critical background material and current methods that have been developed to improve national policies governing medical availability of essential pain medicines for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. It is intended for an international audience of health care professionals, local and national policy makers, palliative care advocates, government drug regulatory personnel, national health policy advisors, and health policy scholars with an interest in pain management or palliative care.

The course is accessible at no cost and is self-paced so that it can be taken at any time that is convenient for the learner. It has 7 lessons each with required readings. Upon successful completion of the course the learner will receive a certificate.

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the Relationship between Pain and Drug Control Policy
  • Lesson 2: The Role of International and National Law and Organizations
  • Lesson 3: Barriers to Opioid Availability and Access
  • Lesson 4: WHO Guidelines to Evaluate National Opioids Control Policy
  • Lesson 5: WHO Guidelines to Evaluate National Administrative Systems for Estimating Opioid Requirements and Reporting Consumption Statistics
  • Lesson 6: WHO Guidelines on Procurement and Distribution Systems for Opioid Analgesics
  • Lesson 7: How to Make Change in your Country

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The development of this course was supported by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kaiser Permanente Pain Management Self Learning Module 
This module provides instruction on policies and procedures used for assessing pain at the Los Angeles Medical Center. ©1995
Developed by D. Kelly, RN, L Dasakai, RN, and N. Falvo, RN, CQI Team for Oncology Pain, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center. 
D. Kelly, RN; L. Dasakai, RN; and N. Falvo, RN Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles Medical Center 

Nurses Self Paced Learning Module on Pain Management
This module provides instruction for nurses on pain management techniques used at Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital, Santa Cruz, California.  ©1998
Developed by the Strategic Planning Committee, Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital, Santa Cruz, CA 05065

The Dannemiller Memorial Education Foundation: An Intensive Review of Pain Management
This online review of pain and pain management is available for CME/CE credit. It enhances the ability to recognize, evaluate, and treat patients with chronic pain. This course provides an overview of the diagnosis and the comprehensive treatment of a wide range of painful disorders. The program contains 52 lectures from 12 renowned pain experts offering Category 1 CME credits for physicians and CE credits for nurses. Expiration Date: November 30, 2015.

The Dannemiller Memorial Education Foundation also offers a series of monthly learning modules that address current and important topics in pain and pain management. The program is intended for practicing physicians, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in pain management. Dannemiller is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.