104457 - Occupational Injury: Thoughts from a Pain Specialist - Online Learning
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This e-learning module examines the latest evidence based approach to pain management, and the important role a GP has in the de-prescribing and prescribing of opioids.
Relevance to General Practice
In Australia, one in three individuals suffer from chronic pain . This is estimated to be around 20% of the Australian, Adult population. In 2013, 19.2% of patients who presented to their general practitioner reported having chronic pain. This equates to one in five general practice consultations involving chronic pain. Chronic pain is most common in women aged 50 – 54 and men aged 55 – 59. In Australia, one in five individuals who suffer from severe chronic pain also suffer from depression and other mental health disorders. Chronic Pain in Australia is associated with 40% of all forced retirements. In Australia literature has shown that general practitioners are unsatisfied with their ability to treat patients with chronic pain with only 34% of general practitioners feeling comfortable in managing patients with chronic pain.
- Describe the updated evidence of efficacy of opioids in pain management
- Explain the role of agents of neuropathic pain - when appropriate and when not
- Practice tips for prescribing without conflict between practitioners, patients and regulators
- Explain the latest evidence base in de-prescribing pain medication