Ethical Challenges in Pain Management

Course Overview




Registration is open and the course will be loaded on your My Course Profile by 12 July 2023.


Video Presentation

This course will review:

  • The wilderness of pain management – the ethical challenges the pain practitioner faces.
  • Following the code of the wilderness – i.e. the 4 guiding bioethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice.
  • The travellers – ethical implications of the therapeutic alliance.
  • The team dynamic – comparing the ethics of using a multidisciplinary versus interdisciplinary approach.
  • Mapping the wilderness – ethical differences between the biomedical versus biopsychosocial frameworks.
  • Team communication – effective informed consent and shared decision making without prejudice/bias.
  • Identifying the starting point – diagnostic dangers. (e.g. overinvestigations, diagnostic uncertainty.)
  • Navigating the wilderness – ethically-appropriate versus inappropriate pain management interventions.
  • Facing crossroads’ – applying bioethical principles in challenging scenarios.
  • Leaving no trace – avoiding nocebo effects and negative expectations.
  • Choosing the destination – going beyond pain-free to purposeful living.

Live/Recorded Webinar: Case Study and Questions

1 Hour.

Friday,28 July 2023, 9-10am on Zoom. Join Helen Roome and The OT Link for a case study presentation relating the video presentation to clinical practice.  You are invited to bring your questions and comments to enrich the discussion.  

Read the Literature

3 CEUs. 15 MCQs.

Includes a voucher for an online article activity of your choice on Article CPD.


About the Presenter


The OT Link is delighted to bring you a Coffee Club by Helen Roome [BSc (OT); PG Dip Interdisciplinary Pain Management; Dip. Practical Labour Law; MA Theology].


Helen Roome is an Occupational Therapist offering online therapy to people living with persistent pain and fatigue. Her expertise in pain and fatigue management builds on over 25 years of broad clinical experience in adult physical and psychiatric rehabilitation; as well as a post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management she completed at UCT in 2019 with distinction. And her learning continues!

Helen is the Chairperson of the OT Pain Management group of SA and she regularly presents at accredited training events on pain and fatigue-related topics. She is also on the allied health practitioners committee of the South African Society for Sleep and Health (SASSH).

Helen has a special interest in central sensitization syndromes, such as Fibromyalgia, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and long-COVID.

Above all, Helen is a wife and mom who really tries to practice what she preaches – so you’ll find her in the garden on the weekend and behind an easel in the holidays!

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