Pain Management

This RCGP accredited resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, assesses the user’s knowledge of a Pain Management.

Successful completion of the resource provides 1 hour of CPD delivered by Learna Ltd.



This educational resource, developed in conjunction with Dr Melanie Jefferson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff, delivers a series of self-assessment questions based around specific clinical scenarios testing the user on the typical aspects of pain management in a palliative setting.

Date of last review: June 2015

Reviewing author: Ramon Andrade de Mello

Reviewing editor: Dr Paul Foster

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this resource, you should be able:

  • To implement the principles underlying management of cancer pain in different clinical scenarios.
  • To reflect upon the holistic management of patients and how it applies in daily clinical practice.
  • To further develop your clinical decision making skills in the management of cancer pain.
  • To correctly assess the potential causes of pain to enable development of the best treatment plan.
  • To apply the WHO Analgesic ladder appropriately in the management of cancer pain
  • To be familiar with the principles and practice of opioid rotation.
  • To consider the use of adjuvant drugs in the management of cancer pain
  • To clarify the role of non-pharmacological treatments in cancer pain management.
  • To be familiar with the newer opioid preparations and how they may be best used.
  • To adopt a holistic model for pain management.