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Core Competencies for Pain Management: Results of an Interprofessional Consensus Summit
Article first published online: 11 APR 2013
Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Volume 14, Issue 7, pages 971–981, July 2013
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Fishman, S. M., Young, H. M., Lucas Arwood, E., Chou, R., Herr, K., Murinson, B. B., Watt-Watson, J., Carr, D. B., Gordon, D. B., Stevens, B. J., Bakerjian, D., Ballantyne, J. C., Courtenay, M., Djukic, M., Koebner, I. J., Mongoven, J. M., Paice, J. A., Prasad, R., Singh, N., Sluka, K. A., St. Marie, B. and Strassels, S. A. (2013), Core Competencies for Pain Management: Results of an Interprofessional Consensus Summit. Pain Medicine, 14: 971–981. doi: 10.1111/pme.12107
Disclosures: Non-University of California participants of the Summit for Interprofessional Consensus on Pain Management Competencies received honoraria for their involvement in the summit and contribution to the development of the competencies in the amount of $500 for competency advisory committee members and $1,000 for executive committee members, with the exception of Dr. Roger Chou. Dr. Chou was supported through a consulting agreement with the University of California, Davis, which provided support for conducting the literature review and summary of evidence, as well as facilitation of the consensus-building process at the summit. University of California participants did not receive any honoraria or direct support.
Author conflicts of interest: Debra Bakerjian, PhD, RN, FNP, participated in development of geriatricpain.org through a Mayday Funded Grant and serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Omnicare Pharmacy. Roger Chou, MD, received research funding from the American Pain Society and honoraria from the American Pain Foundation. Scott M. Fishman, MD, received grant support from the Mayday Fund that was provided to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing of the University of California, Davis, to support this project. Debra B. Gordon, RN, DNP, FAAN, served on Covidien REMS Advisory Board through August 2012. Beth Murinson, MS, MD, PhD, is the Chair of the Medical Student Education Sub-Committee for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the team leader for the NIH Pain Consortium Johns Hopkins University Center of Excellence in Pain Education, and received salary support for this and for medical education work as well as clinical work and laboratory research. She has received grants from the Mayday Fund and the Milbank Foundation for rehabilitation research to support the development of materials for medical education. Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, receives author royalties from IASP Press for book titled Pain Mechanisms and Management of Pain for the Physical Therapist serves as a consultant for DJO, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, received research support from Medtronic Inc., Gruenenthal GmbH, and serves as the Editorial Board Manager Physical Therapy Journal and the Secretary of the American Pain Society. Barbara St. Marie, RN, ANP, GNP, ACHPN, is a grant recipient through Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation—Pain Management and is a T32 postdoctoral fellow University of Iowa, College of Nursing. Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD, received funding from Johnson & Johnson (Janssen division) and Endo Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Strassels is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Pain Society and has received travel support from them for Board meetings. Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, received grant support from the Mayday Fund that was provided to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing of the University of California, Davis, to support this project.
All other authors reported no conflicts of interest.
Funder statement: The Interprofessional Pain Management Competency Program was funded through a grant from the Mayday Fund.
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2013
- Mayday Fund
- Pain Management;
- Clinical Competence;
- Health Professions
The objective of this project was to develop core competencies in pain assessment and management for prelicensure health professional education. Such core pain competencies common to all prelicensure health professionals have not been previously reported.
An interprofessional executive committee led a consensus-building process to develop the core competencies. An in-depth literature review was conducted followed by engagement of an interprofessional Competency Advisory Committee to critique competencies through an iterative process. A 2-day summit was held so that consensus could be reached.
The consensus-derived competencies were categorized within four domains: multidimensional nature of pain, pain assessment and measurement, management of pain, and context of pain management. These domains address the fundamental concepts and complexity of pain; how pain is observed and assessed; collaborative approaches to treatment options; and application of competencies across the life span in the context of various settings, populations, and care team models. A set of values and guiding principles are embedded within each domain.
These competencies can serve as a foundation for developing, defining, and revising curricula and as a resource for the creation of learning activities across health professions designed to advance care that effectively responds to pain.