Title Pain Management in Chronic Illness and Acute Exacerbations

Project Goals This is a student selective project designed for second-year medical students to aid in the education of effective acute and chronic pain management in patients with chronic illness. Specially, I hope that after completing this project, second-year medical students will:
  • Increase their knowledge of pain management principles
  • Become aware of pain as both an acute and chronic issue
  • Learn how to effectively evaluate pain, including the 7 parameters of pain, the use of different pain scales, and the importance of frequent re-evaluations
  • Increase awareness of the impact of pain on global function
  • Become aware of co-morbid conditions that may occur with pain episodes
  • Learn how patients may be taught self-management planning to prevent or initially treat pain exacerbations


Project Description This project consists of a self-instruction module simulating a scenario of acute and chronic pain in a patient with sickle cell disease. Before and after the self-instruction module, you will be asked to complete a pre- and post-test consisting of 10 questions on the subject of pain management in acute and chronic illness. After completion, answers to the questions will be provided. You will also be asked to complete a 10-question survey evaluating the effectiveness of the module in accomplishing the above goals. In total this module should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please complete all sections in their entirety and click the submit button at the end of each page of the module.

Participation is completely voluntary. Although you enter your name at the start of this module, all responses are completely anonymous. Completion of the module implies your consent. You may skip any question for any reason, and your responses will in no way affect your performance in your medical school coursework.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Contact Information If you have any questions, please contact:

Student Researcher
Juliet Georgetti, MS4
jgeorgetti@student.uchc.edu

PI Information
Dr. Lynn Kosowicz
kosowicz@nso1.uchc.edu

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