Essential Pain Management (EPM) is a full-day workshop for healthcare professionals, which has been conducted successfully across 30 different countries in the world. Developed by the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists (ANZCA), it provides a simple framework for effective management of pain.  EPM-Lite, launched in Hyderabad on 26th January 2014, is a half-day workshop for undergraduate students. Introduced in Asia for the first time, it improves pain knowledge among students and addresses the barriers to effective management of pain. This pain education initiative in India is expected to provide the young doctor with necessary skills and knowledge to manage pain in resource poor settings.

  • EPM Workshop Program

    Time

    Duration (mins)

    Lecture / Discussion

    Instructor/s

    0830 - 0915 45 Welcome, local perspective, participant introductions, pre-test
    0915 - 0930 15 Introductions
    0930 - 0945 15 What is pain?
    0945 - 1000 15 Why should we treat pain?
    1000 - 1015 15 Classification of pain
    1015 - 1045 30 Morning tea
    1045 - 1115 30 Physiology and pathology
    1115 - 1135 20 Pain treatment overview
    1135 - 1155 20 Pain drugs
    1155 - 1215 20 Barriers to pain management
    1215 - 1300 45 Lunch
    1300 - 1340 40 Basic approach to pain management
    1340 - 1500 80 Case discussions
    1500 - 1530 30 Afternoon tea
    1530 - 1615 45 Overcoming barriers
    1615 - 1700 45 - Post test
    - Feedback
    - Certificates
    - Photo
  • EPM Instructor Workshop Program

    Time

    Duration (mins)

    Lecture / Discussion

    Instructor/s

    Session 1: Introduction and teaching basics
    0830 - 0845 15 Welcome Introduction
    0845 - 0900 15 Adult Learning
    0900 - 0915 15 Teaching overview
    0915 - 0930 15 Giving a lecture
    0930 - 0945 15 Running a discussion group
    0945 - 1000 15 Morning tea
    Session 2: Teaching rotations
    Divide into two groups:
    • Giving a lecture
    • Running a discussion group
    1000 - 1045 45 Teaching Rotation 1
    1045 - 1130 45 Teaching Rotation 2
    Session 3: How to run an EPM workshop
    1130 - 1145 15 EPM planning
    1145 - 1215 30 Workshop preparation – venue, lecturers, catering etc
    1215 - 1245 30 - Feedback
    - Certificates
    - Photo
  • EPM Lite Workshop

    Time

    Duration (mins)

    Lecture / Discussion

    Instructor/s

    0815 - 0830 15 Start - introductions
    0830 - 0845 15 Welcome & Pre-test
    0845 - 0900 15 Introduction
    0900 - 0930 30 What is pain and why should we treat it? (a)
    0930 - 0950 20 Classification of pain
    0950 -1010 20 Morning tea
    1010 -1040 30 Pain physiology and pathology - revision
    1040 -1100 20 Pain Treatment Overview
    1100 -1200 60 RAT approach to pain management (b)
    1200 -1215 15 Post-test, answers & feedback

    Notes

    • Experience of pain – pre-prepared cases (split into 4 groups then brainstorm as whole group) – 1 instructor per group
    • Use prepared cases – analysis using RAT and discussion of management including importance of non-drug treatment – 4 groups - 1 instructor per group

    Pre-course reading and preparation

    Manual - Cecil

    Prepare case history – (see guidelines below)

    Post course

    Hand case history in

    Post-test results

    Guidelines for Case History - this should be brought to Pain Workshop session

    - Please write 200 words to briefly describe a case history of a patient (or relative/friend) you have seen in the last 12 months who has had pain.

    - How was the pain described?

    - What was cause of the pain?

    - How did the pain affect the person overall and what were the benefits for the patient/family/society for treating the pain?”

    - How was it managed?