Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Identify characteristics of the types of pain—nociceptive, inflammatory, neuropathic, and functional.

2. Explain the mechanisms involved in pain transmission.

3. Select an appropriate method of pain assessment.

4. Recommend an appropriate choice of analgesic, dose, and monitoring plan for a patient based on type and severity of pain and other patient-specific parameters.

5. Perform calculations involving equianalgesic doses, conversion of one opioid to another, rescue doses, and conversion to a continuous infusion.

6. Educate patients and caregivers about effective pain management, dealing with chronic pain, and the use of nonpharmacologic measures.

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