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Recommended Pain Education Curriculum and Review of Healthcare Educational Institutions

Pain Curriculum Reviews of Educational Institutions

The Pain Management Commission shall review the pain management curricula of educational institutions in this state that provide post-secondary education or training for persons required by ORS 413.590 to complete a pain management education program. The commission shall make recommendations about legislation needed to ensure that adequate information about pain management is included in the curricula reviewed and shall report its findings to the Legislative Assembly by January 1 of each odd-numbered year. ORS 413.572(1)(d)

Oregon Pain Management Commission intends that the review of pain management curriculum used in Oregon’s educational institutions is a mechanism to identify gaps in the education of pain and as a process to improve the curriculums for pain and pain management education.

Recommended Curriculum

The Oregon Pain Management Commission recommends the use of the pain curriculums established by the International Association for the Study of Pain. These curricula outlines are helpful for establishing teaching courses on acute, chronic, and cancer pain at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The curricula were last updated in May 2012.