ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Michigan: Pain and Symptom Management

This course meets the requirement for coursework in pain and symptom management for Michigan healthcare professionals.

Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education ( and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 2
  • Expiration date: April 1, 2018
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

Key points of Michigan’s pain policies plus Joint Commission regulations for pain management. Covers major categories of pain, common sources of pain, assessment and management in various special populations including children, older adults, and those at the end of life. Describes safe use of opioids for pain management and issues related to the abuse of prescribed opioids.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors; Category 2—Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of pain in the United States.
  • Identify the two core principles that underlie the Michigan Model Core Curriculum on Pain Management.
  • State three differences between acute and chronic pain.
  • Relate the five most common sources of pain.
  • Describe three differences each between physiologic and behavioral responses during the assessment of pain.
  • Explain three differences between the Self-Management and the Pain Medicine models of pain management.
  • Identify the three components of analgesic pain management.
  • Summarize three complications often found in the management of pain in patients at the end of life.
  • Define tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
  • Relate three issues related to the abuse of opioid analgesics in the United States.

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