127995 - Managing escalating opioid doses in chronic non-cancer pain
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This activity is designed to assist GPs adopt a multimodal approach to the management of chronic non cancer pain. In addition it is designed to assist GPs manage the situation where opioid doses are increasing above recommended doses.Relevance to General Practice
Pain is the most common reason for people seeking medical help. Chronic pain is a complex medical condition that affects one in five Australians. For about half of these people, their chronic pain significantly interferes with their ability to undertake activities of daily living.
Opioid analgesics have a role in the management of chronic pain in selected patients as one component of a multimodal management plan. Some patients experience difficulty in achieving or maintaining therapeutic goals and the opioid dose escalates.
This activity reviews how to manage the clinical situation where opioid doses are escalating, including sharing insights from the pain clinic. It also aids GPs to apply a socio-psycho-biomedical approach to the assessment and management of chronic non-cancer pain.