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Papers: 5 Nov 2022 - 11 Nov 2022

Human Studies

2022 Nov 04

Medicine (Baltimore)



Bridging the gap of knowledge and skills for diagnosis and treatment of painful neuropathy: Development and evaluation of pain education project for clinicians in primary care settings.


The importance of pain education is widely accepted and recognized. This is a key part of educating the undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare workforce is an essential strategy for promoting effective pain practice. This study aims to evaluate the pain management module training courses for newly graduated doctors to address the knowledge gap between specialist care and primary care physicians. This was an observational study of an evaluation of a pain education project focused on neuropathic pain management core competency was provided. Multimodal teaching approaches such as didactic teaching and vignettes of cases discussion, video teaching, and learning module. A pretest survey was carried out to assess the baseline knowledge of the participants. Completion of the post-test and participant experience questionnaire were collected. Comparison of the pre-and post-test scores for all participants was undertaken using the Wilcoxon signed-ranked test with effect size calculated. The participant's experience questionnaire scores were analyzed descriptively to produce mean and standard deviations from each question. A total of 274 participants completed all of the course sections from the average of 350 eligible participants. Of 274 participants, more than half were female (64.96%), with more than half participants being General Practitioner (54.38%) followed by a neurologist (35.04%). For all sessions, a Wilcoxon signed-rank test outlined that differences between all pre-and post-test scores were significant (P < .001). There was a marked improvement in the post-test as evidenced by statistically significant increases in mean scores differences. We developed an educational training courses for physicians to address the limitation in existing medical undergraduate training of neuropathic pain management. The training led to improvement in participant's knowledge and skills with positive outcomes.