Pain Assessment and Management

IAHPC Institute

IAHPC Comprehensive Course in Pain Assessment and Management

Target audience

Pharmacists, physicians, and nurses

Learning objectives

What will students learn? This course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient-centered pain management.

The curriculum addresses basic principles associated with pain pathogenesis and assessment, effective pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options, and appropriate therapeutic regimens. The course further concentrates on acquiring advanced knowledge about managing pain associated with the specific disease states most often encountered in palliative care and hospice settings and strategies to prevent diversion and non-medical use. Upon completion of the program, participants should be proficient in assessing pain and identifying pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options based on disease states and other patient-related factors.

How many sessions?

10 sessions – plus Modules 1-3 of the Advocacy Course (already recorded)

How many hours?

It will take approximately 11 hours to complete all the modules.


Ebtesam Ahmed (Sammi) PharmD
Lukas Radbruch, MD


Virtual – Zoom platform. Sessions will be live and recorded. Participants unable to attend the live session may watch the recording. Preregistration is required.


Lecture, case studies, assignments


June 21st to July 21st 2022


Free to IAHPC members


The course will be taught in English. Reading materials may be translated using translation tools but conversations and discussions will be in English.


Current IAHPC members with professional degree in any of the following fields: pharmacy, medicine, nursing.


An assessment to evaluate the satisfaction of the course will be given at the end of each module.

A certificate will be provided to participants who participate/watch all modules and complete all tasks.

Course outline

Required before starting: Advocating for Improve Access to Controlled Substances Globally for medical needs Advocacy Course – Modules 1-3 by Katherine Pettus

Module Topic Date Time Length Faculty
1 Introduction to course June 21 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
15 min
30 min
Ebtesam Ahmed
Lukas Radbruch
Pathogenesis and Assessment of Pain
2 Pain Management:
- Essential analgesics (WHO EML)
- Other medications
June 24 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
1 hour Lukas Radbruch Access
3 Opioid Therapy:
- Practical aspects: Routes and application: modes of administration
June 28 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
1.5 hour Ebtesam Ahmed
4 Opioid Therapy:
- Practical aspects: opioid rotation and conversion ratios
June 30 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
1.5 hour Ebtesam Ahmed
5 Opioid Therapy:
- Management of Side Effects
July 1 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
1 hour Lukas Radbruch
6 Neuropathic and Musculoskeletal Pain - Overview July 11 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
1 hour Lukas Radbruch
7 Special Considerations in Pain Management:
- Cancer and HIV
July 12 7:00 am EST 1 hour Ebtesam Ahmed
8 Role of the pharmacist
- Essential medicines and particularly opioids
July 14 7:00 am EST 1 hour Ebtesam Ahmed
9 Opioid Therapy: Safety concerns
- Tips and recommendations on how to prevent diversion and non-medical use
July 19 7:00 am EST
1:00 pm CET
30 min
30 min
Ebtesam Ahmed
Lukas Radbruch
10 Non-pharmacological management of pain:
- Communication, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and nursing interventions.
July 21 7:00 am EST 1 hour TBD


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