Topic: The Implementation of RNAO's best practice guideline for assessment and management of pain by the frontline staff in the Complex Mental Illness program at CAMH
Presenter: Sophia Woloschuk
The presentation will discuss the experience of the front-line staff with implementing the RNAO’s best practice guideline for assessment and management of pain. It will explore the unique perspectives of assessing pain in clients with severe mental illness, talk about distinguishing between acute and chronic non-cancer pain, discuss the management of chronic pain and elaborate on the common considerations that are taken into account when choosing an appropriate pain relief method. The presentation will touch upon the successes and challenges of using the new clinical forms for pain assessment, talk about the influence of one’s culture on pain management and introduce relevant research studies about the topic.