Pain Management

e-Pain: Pain Management Training

This interactive e-learning programme is suitable for all healthcare providers who are not pain specialists but who deal with patients suffering from acute, chronic and cancer pain. The e-Pain curriculum has been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, of The Royal College of Anaesthetists, and the British Pain Society. The content has been written by leading clinical experts in pain management and related areas.

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Improving the Early Diagnosis and Management of Pain

Pain Management (e-Pain) specifically focuses on the areas of:
  • improving the recognition of unrelieved acute and chronic pain
  • assessing pain
  • managing pain
  • ensuring patient safety
This high-quality resource can be used both for training and continuing professional development. Users include hospital doctors, medical students, midwives, clinical psychologists, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and many others.

Course Content

e-Pain features more than 60 e-learning sessions. Each session takes around 30 minutes to complete. The sessions are clustered into learning modules, supported by external resources and an e-library of relevant articles.

Introducing Pain Management

  • Epidemiology and the Burden of Pain
  • Definitions and Mechanisms of Pain
  • History, Examination and Assessment of Pain
  • Common Medications and Therapies for Pain
  • Acute Pain Management

Acute Pain

  • History, Organisation and Objectives of Acute Pain Teams
  • History, Examination and Simple Uni-dimensional Tools
  • Perioperative Management of Chronic Pain Patients, including those on Pre-existing Opioid Therapy
  • Preventative versus Pre-emptive Analgesia
  • Chronic Post-surgical Pain
  • Step III: Administration Techniques, Bolus, PRN (as needed), Infusion
  • Step III: Administration Techniques, Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia
  • Step III: Administration Techniques – Oral, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous, Rectal, Sublingual and Inhaled

Pain as a Long-Term Condition

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Predictors for Chronic Pain
  • Biopsychosocial Model in Pain Management


  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
  • Paracetamol
  • Opioids – Basic Principles
  • Commonly Used Opioids
  • Local Anaesthetics
  • Multimodal Analgesia
  • Assessing Treatment Effectiveness
  • Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants
  • Multidisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain
  • Psychological Assessment and Approach to Treatment
  • Interventional Procedures for Pain Relief
  • TENS, Acupuncture and Alternative Treatments

Other Chronic Pain

  • Primary Headache
  • Secondary Headache
  • Facial Pain Principles and Management
  • Pelvic Pain – Male and Female
  • Visceral Pain – Gastrointestinal, Oesophageal, Non-cardiac Chest Pain
  • Common Chronic Pain Conditions – Central and Widespread Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Neuropathic Pain

  • Diagnosis and Evaluation of Neuropathic Pain
  • Common Chronic Pain Conditions 1 Postherpetic Neuralgia, Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Paediatric Pain

  • Pain in Children is Different
  • Assessment of Children's Pain
  • Acute Pain in Children
  • Chronic Pain in Children
  • Musculoskeletal Pain in Children

Special Populations

  • Pain and Analgesia in Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Pain
  • Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Introduction
  • Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Management
  • Assessment of Pain in Older Adults
  • Common Pain Conditions in Older People

Cancer Pain

  • Causes and Aetiology of Pain in Cancer
  • Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management
  • Non-Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management
  • Pain in Cancer Survivors

Basic Science

  • Anatomy of the Ascending Pain Pathway
  • Innervation of the Trunk
  • Physiology of Pain Transmission
  • Modulation and Plasticity in the Nociceptive System
  • Pain and the Peripheral Nervous System
  • Pain and the Central Nervous System
  • Nociceptive Pain
  • Visceral Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Psychology Aspects of Acute Pain
  • Imaging and Pain
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