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Evidence-Informed Assessment and Evaluation of Pain

presented by David Walton, PT, PhD, FCAMPT and James Elliott, PT, PhD

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

Pain is a multidimensional and intensely personal experience. This course will help you understand how to select the right application and interpretation of key tools for fully exploring a patient's pain experience, and how those results can inform clinical decisions. The perils, pitfalls, and advances of measuring an invisible experience make this a difficult topic to understand. This course will cover the methods through which comprehensive pain assessment leads to informed management and optimized outcomes.

Meet Your Instructors

David Walton, PT, PhD, FCAMPT

David Walton (@uwo_dwalton) completed his BScPT in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, MSc in Neuroscience in 2001, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science from Western in 2010. Following a combined 10 years of clinical practice, he is now Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University…

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James Elliott, PT, PhD

James (Jim) Elliott (@elliottjim) completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) at UQ's Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the principal…

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1. Measuring the Immeasurable

Chapter One covers the current models of pain and related disability. The participant will be presented two case studies that will be dissected throughout the chapter.

2. Introducing the Concept of Triangulation

This chapter describes the importance of multiple evaluation procedures. The participant will learn how consistent results from different pieces of evidence are sufficient to identify whether or not that domain is a problem.

3. The Generic ‘Go-To’ Tools that Should be in Everyone’s Toolbox

In Chapter Three Dr. Walton will present his recommendations for the three go-to tools he uses for every patient with pain and describes how they inform my subsequent evaluation.

4. Key clinical Tools for Comprehensive Pain Assessment

In Chapter Four, Mr. Walton will describe key measurement tools that are widely supported in the literature for purposes of quantifying a patient’s position on each of the neuromatrix domains.

5. Informed Treatment Decisions

In the final chapter of the this course, the participant will look at how the different pain profiles might lead to different approaches to treatment.

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