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Authors: Soledad Cepeda, M.D.,Ph.D., Daniel B. Carr

1. Content and Objectives

  1. Quick review of the key elements of physiology and pharmacology

  2. Introduction to the IASP taxonomy of pain

  3. General principles of biomedical pain evaluation: history and physical examination

2. Required Readings

  1. Chapters 1 and 2. In: Cepeda MS, Cousins MJ, Carr DB. Fast Facts: Chronic Pain . Oxford: Health Press; 2007. (Required text)

  2. Cepeda MS, Carr DB. Overview of pain management. Chapter 1. In: Berman S (ed.). Approaches to Pain Management: An Essential Guide for Clinical Leaders . Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare.

  3. Loeser JD & Melzack R. Pain: An overview. Lancet 1999; 353:1607-1609.

  4. Eidelman A, Carr DB. Taxonomy of cancer pain. Chapter 1. In: de Leon Casasola OA (ed). Cancer Pain: Pharmacological, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches . Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2006:3-12.