Occupational Therapy: Pain Assessment and Management: The Role of OT; 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Kimberly A. Davis, OTD, MS, OTR/L, received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England in 1992 and practiced in inpatient mental health with a focus on working with those with substance use disorder until 2003. In 1998, she completed her master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, and in 2005, her doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Beginning in 2003, she made the formal transition into academia at Husson University. She currently works with the homeless population, assisting them with gaining skills needed for a return to independent living. She also maintains a connection to clinical practice, providing rehabilitative services to clients with dementia. Dr. Davis is currently an associate professor in the masters of occupational therapy program at Husson University, Bangor, Maine. Kimberly A. Davis has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
The planner who worked on this continuing education activity has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Learning Objectives
  • Define the physiology and perception of pain.
  • Identify appropriate measures to assess pain.
  • Describe difficult-to-diagnose pain conditions.
  • Summarize the different mechanisms of pain relief, including considerations across the life span and pain management barriers.
  • Describe the interprofessional team approach to treating pain.
  • Identify preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions used with clients with pain.
  • Describe the role of mind/body techniques in managing pain.

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