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Sickle Cell pain patient and artist. (Artwork used with permission from Hertz Nazaire, 2007.)
Highlights of this Course

Research of the mechanisms, nature, and treatment of pain has advanced enourmously in the past decade.  Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems is part of the Tufts University School of Medicine Master of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy program.  The program, founded in 1999 by an anesthesiology/internist and a sociologist, meets the needs of practicing health care professionals to provide optimal pain management by offering a unique, interdisciplinary program that sets the standard for pain education.  Faculty members possess national and international reputations in pain management and represent a diverse array of disciplines.

Course Description

This course will introduce the general principles of biomedical evaluation and management of common clinical pain problems. It will present ways to evaluate the biomedical characteristics of the pain experience - temporal pattern, severity, location, quality, intensity and exacerbating and relieving factors. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed upon viewing superficially diverse pain syndromes as part of a fundamentally unified group of processes.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Daniel B. Carr
Soledad Cepeda
Jane Ballantyne
J. David Haddox
Wilfred L. Hynes
Steven J. Scrivani
Course Length
40 Hours