185400 - Opioids and Your Patient - ReachForTheFacts
As a health care professional, you always want to provide the best possible care to a patient. With no two patients the same, this means informing yourself, and being aware of the risks and safety measures related to prescribing opioids. This course outlines the statistics and risks of opioid usage as well as resource guides, calculators and screening tools to assist you with safe opioid prescribing.
Prescription opioids have a role in the treatment of patients with pain. However, opioids can be addictive, and it’s important to be aware of the risk of developing a dependence. For example, opioid therapy has an established place in the treatment of pain associated with active cancer but this does not preclude direct or indirect opioid-related harms and appropriate opioid prescribing boundaries are still required.
At least one in ten of the 3.1 million Australians who are prescribed opioids each year will become dependent, and the first steps of dependency can begin after just five days. A staggering 20% of Australians over 45 years will be prescribed at least one opioid over the course of a year. 1,045 Australians died of an opioid overdose in 2016, a 62% increase since 2007. In 2016, prescription opioids were involved in more deaths and hospitalisations than heroin with prescription opioids involved in nearly 150 hospitalisations and the death of three people every day.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Addiction medicine
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