Module 1: Professional Accountability and Prescribing

Lesson 4

Learning activity and reflection

Recall from your practice a patient who is suffering with chronic pain.  If you cannot recall a memorable patient, chose a chronic pain syndrome of interest such as:

  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Peripheral neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Migraine headaches

Think about this patient or pain syndrome as you answer the following questions.

  • What national resources are available?
  • Are there any resources and standards for care available in my own jurisdiction?
  • What non-pharmacological resources are available?
  • What resources would you recommend to patients presenting with chronic pain in your nursing practice?