Ethical Challenges in Pain Management

Course Overview



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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.

Recorded Webinar: Interview with a person living with persistent pain and Questions

1 Hour.

Watch the recording of an impactful interview Helen Roome has with a person living with persistent pain relating the video presentation to clinical practice.  

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  an Occupational Therapist offering online therapy to people living with persistent pain and fatigue. Her expertise in these fields builds on over 25 years of broad clinical experience in adult physical and psychiatric rehabilitation in acute and chronic settings; as well as a post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management.

Helen is the Chairperson of the OT Pain Management group of SA (OTPMG) and sits 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, and co-facilitates a Fibromyalgia support group with someone living with the condition. 

She also recently published a book to guide people living with pain to self-manage called “Your pain playbook – effective daily strategies for life beyond pain”.

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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Gerda Oosthuizen
Posted 4 months ago
EVERYONE needs to know this!!

Hearing from an actual patient (person in pain) has made the message come across louder than the medical jargon in all the articles! I wish all HPC’s who ever attempt to treat pain, should be clearly aware of how limited the biomedical approach can be when embarking on that journey.

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