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Pain Management
Assessment and Patient Care for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

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  • You must score 70% or better to pass this test.
  • Select one answer for each question.
  • Review your selections before submitting the test for grading.
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1. Which is true regarding the prevalence of chronic pain in the United States?

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2. Which is a true statement about the nature of pain?

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3. Pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system is called:

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4. Pain that results when tissue damage produces a stimulus that sends an electrical impulse across a pain receptor is called:

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5. The function of the endogenous opioid system is to:

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6. Which statement best describes the influence of gender on pain?

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7. The meaning ascribed to pain by an individual is called:

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8. Which is not a recommended question to be asked by the clinician when taking a patient’s pain history?

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9. Which assessment tool is used to measure only the intensity of acute pain with known etiology?

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10. Which is a true statement about observations of behavior when assessing pain?

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11. Which part of a physical examination for pain involves assessing for suspected disease conditions that can cause referred pain?

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12. Which diagnostic test helps determine exactly which muscles or nerves are affected by weakness or pain?

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13. Which is a correct statement concerning pain assessment barriers?

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14. When assessing pain in infants and young children, the clinician is aware that:

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15. Which is a true statement regarding acetaminophen?

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16. The opioid receptors that impart most of their analgesic effect in the central nervous systems are the:

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17. Which is a correct statement about the side effects of opioids?

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18. Breakthrough pain that occurs with specific activities and can be predicted is called:

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19. When both the brain and the body can only function in the presence of a drug, this is known as:

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20. Adjuvant drugs are prescribed to patients for:

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21. Which route of analgesic administration gives the most rapid and shortest duration of pain relief?

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22. Which is a correct statement regarding medical marijuana (cannabinoids)?

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23. Which is an evidenced-based practice commonly used by osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists to adjust and correct alignment for treatment of musculoskeletal pain?

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24. The process by which an electrophysical agent allows medications to be delivered into and through the skin to a painful area is called:

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25. The interventional pain modality that uses medical-grade nitrous oxide to destroy nerve tissue is called:

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26. Which is not a correct statement regarding mind-body techniques used in pain management?

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27. The purpose of evaluation after pain interventions is to inform clinicians about:

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28. The Joint Commission standards for pain management:

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29. The most important member of the interdisciplinary pain management team is the:

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30. When educating patients receiving opioids, the nurse’s instructions include advising patients to:

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31. The occupational therapist explains to the patient that “self-pacing” for pain management involves taking breaks, asking for help, and:

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32. Functional goal setting as provided by the occupational therapist involves:

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33. Which is not a primary goal of physical therapy management for pain?

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34. According to the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for pain:

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35. The critical issue leading to the creation of schedules of controlled substances (C-I to C-V) was the drugs’:

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36. C-I controlled substances do not include:

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37. Which is a true statement about abuse-deterrent opioids?

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38. When identifying drug-seeking patients, the clinician understands that:

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39. When addressing drug diversion behavior in a healthcare worker, it is important to:

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40. Which is recommended as a general principle when offering pain management to an individual with substance use disorder?

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41. Which is a true statement regarding assessing risk for developing substance use disorders?

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42. Which is not a true statement regarding common barriers to adequate pain management at the end of life?

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43. When accepting a patient’s decision to refuse a medication that may relieve pain, the clinician is honoring the ethical principle of:


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