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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
PIMENTA, Cibele Andrucioli de Mattos et al. League Against Pain: an undergraduate extracurricular program. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 1998, vol.32, n.3, pp. 281-289. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62341998000300011.
Although anatomical and physiological base of pain are subject of the basic sciences in health undergraduate curriculum, it is not usually to have pain, concepts and therapy into undergraduate programs. Describing the League Against Pain objectives and organization and the students' opinions about their participation in this league were the aim of this stduy. The League Against Pain Statute was consulted to describe its objectives and organization, The opinions of all of the students that attended the League Against Pain program in 1995 and 1996 were investigated. The League Against Pain was organized at an university hospital in 1995, It is composed by nurses and medical students and professionals (physicians in varied specialties and nurses). All the activities are voluntary and the students are the managers of the League. The objectives of the League are: improving the quality of teaching of pain subjects in nursing and medical schools; developing research in epidemyological, clinical and therapeuthics aspects of pain and to promote a model of multidisciplinary and multiprofessional assistance. The most frequent students' opinions about their participation in the League were: their habilities in pain control and in professional and client relationship were improved; they achievied their objectives; that pain should be included into undergraduate courses; and they would recommend the League for other students. The results are promising. The students' opinions about their experience in. the League Against Pain have showed that the League Against Pain could be an usefull model to introduce pain, subjects to undergraduate nursing and medical students.
Keywords : Pain; Chronic pain; Education on pain.