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164133 - Opioids and the bigger picture when treating chronic pain - Small group meeting

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This small group meeting with a trained facilitator aims to support GPs in balancing the harms of opioids while ensuring adequate pain management and patients’ quality of life. The interactive, tailored discussion will provide GPs with clarity around prescribing of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, including reducing the risk of harm. The activity addresses several quality use of medicine issues when pharmacological treatment is needed. Data from the NPS MedicineInsight program will be provided to help GPs and practice staff draw insights from current practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Rates of opioid prescribing in Australia continue to remain high despite their limited role in chronic non-cancer pain. Data from the Atlas of Healthcare Variation found that, between 2013–14 and 2016–17, the rate of opioid medicines dispensed per 100,000 people increased by 5% nationally. Much of the increase in opioid use has been for chronic non-cancer pain, despite evidence of a lack of long-term benefits, poorer outcomes and dose-related risks. 
The aim of this activity is to support GPs and general practice teams to balance the harm associated with opioids while ensuring adequate pain management and quality of life for patients. This activity will focus on the following key aspects related to the use of opioids in primary care for GPs to: 
• Prevent unnecessary initiation of opioids in patients with chronic non-cancer pain 
• Provide guidance on tapering or ceasing opioids where appropriate 
• Identify and provide guidance on when to seek specialist advice 

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the limited role of opioids and outline the importance of non-pharmacological treatments when managing patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Develop and implement a clear plan with each patient to achieve an improvement in pain and functioning, if an opioid trial is indicated.
  • Review patients who are taking opioids and assess risk of harm and potential benefits to identify patients who would benefit from opioid tapering.
  • Use multidisciplinary services to support patients living with chronic non-cancer pain and identify when to refer patients at high risk of harm from opioids.
  • Discuss systems in your practice and prioritise areas for improvement in the management of patients who have been prescribed opioids.
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    164133 - Opioids and the bigger picture when treating chronic pain - Small group meeting
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