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Occupational Therapy’s Role With People Who Live With Chronic Pain

Course: #4997Level: Introductory1 Hour 460 Reviews

This course provides an overview of occupational therapy’s role with patients who live with chronic pain in an era when people need alternatives to pain medication. It provides evidence-based information and attempts to quell the myths about chronic pain. This is Day 1 of a virtual conference on pain management.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify different kinds of pain.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list occupational therapy’s roles with pain patients.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recognize the impact of pain on occupation and participation in the lives of people who experience chronic pain.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list 5 things occupational therapists can do to contribute to pain management and education of patients in pain.


0-5 Minutes Introduction – what does the literature tell us about what OTs know about chronic pain?
5-10 Minutes CDC Guidelines for prescribing opioids, and resulting lack of access to pain medication – Opioid use disorder; implications for occupational therapy practice
10-20 Minutes Different types of pain, definitions, examples impact on society and daily life
20-30 Minutes Pain and occupational therapy; role of occupational therapy;Occupational therapy as an alternative to opioids and other medications
30-45 Minutes Occupational therapy intervention approaches– persons, tasks and environment
45-55 Minutes Case studies
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q & A


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