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114026 - Prescribing Opioids

  • : Online


Prescribing Opioids is a 3-hour online education activity. The broad goals are to enhance participants skills and confidence in: 
• identifying patients who are drug-dependent (or at risk of this) or drug-seeking, and ways to minimise harm 
• establishing boundaries with patients and managing their expectations about opioids 
• understanding lawful and good practice prescription of opioids.

Relevance to General Practice

Perceptions among doctors about prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain have highlighted important educational gaps. In addition to intentional misuse of medications, it’s recognised that many patients are being prescribed long-term opioids inappropriately and at excessive doses.(3,5,6) Reasons for inappropriate prescribing include failure to identify the medication as inappropriate; inertia where continuing to prescribe seems less trouble; hesitancy about the management of pain; time pressures; and patient resistance to deprescribing.(2) It is critical to any effective management initiative that GPs are provided with effective resources, education and support to obtain better health outcomes for patients. 
2.Holliday S, et al. Pain Med. 2015;16(9):1720. 
3.Hollingworth S, et al. 2015;24(6):628. 
5.Australian Gov National Drug Strategy. National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse: Framework for Action (2012–2015) A Matter of Balance. 
6.Lembke A. N Engl J Med. 2012;367(17):1580

Learning outcomes
  • Evaluate strategies for setting boundaries with a drug-dependent patient to identify new techniques to incorporate into your work
  • Identify behaviours that may indicate misuse of opioids
  • Describe a systematic approach to manage patient expectations to reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse
  • Discuss at least two patient-centred care strategies to help patients manage their non-cancer pain
  • Outline the regulatory requirements for prescribing opioid analgesics for the state you work in
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    114026 - Prescribing Opioids
    10 hours
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