153929 - Pain Clinic Workshop
To provide GPs with up to date information on chronic pain patient managementRelevance to General Practice
The burden of pain in Australia is significant and thus this is an area of healthcare that all general practitioners (GPs) need to understand and maintain current knowledge in. It is estimated that almost one in five adult Australians report current chronic pain. Pain management is said to be frequently inadequate for individuals with acute, chronic and palliative pain, with consequent detrimental impacts on quality of life.
Effective chronic pain management involves a long-term multidisciplinary management plan. Providing care to patients in pain can be complex and at times challenging. GPs may experience frustration when pain fails to respond to treatment. Maintaining currency with understanding of pain and how it is managed is important, as new areas such as the role of pharmacogenomics in pain management become apparent.