University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
"Pain Control" module is part of the CHAMP faculty development program, which aims to improve inpatient, geriatric medical care through a "teach the teacher" approach. It is central to one of CHAMP's themes, improving palliative and end of life care. Teaching materials include: a slide presentation with speaker's notes; bedside teaching triggers on assessing and treating pain and opiate conversions; a pocket teaching card; references; a sample session evaluation form; and the "CHAMP Overview and User's Guide." The weblink enables users to access to all CHAMP course materials.
CHAMP is a multi-tiered educational project with a faculty development program at its core. Hospitalists, general internists, and family practitioners who teach residents and medical students are the targeted audience. The course is organized around four themes in geriatric inpatient care: identifying and assessing vulnerable elders, preventing hazards of hospitalization, improving palliative and end of life care, and managing transitions of care. CHAMP addresses 15 geriatric topics and includes a mini-course entitled, "Teaching on Today's Wards," on advanced clinical teaching skills and teaching across the ACGME Core Competencies in the inpatient setting.
1 hour of Category 1 CME credit was awarded to physicians who participated in this session.
The CHAMP "Pain Control" module teaches learners:
- How to use pain intensity scales at bedside with older adult patients;
- Recognize pain in persons with dementia;
- Use the WHO 3-step ladder for pain management;
- Use the opiate conversion table; and
- Manage side effects from opiates.