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186424 - Managing Pain and Substance Use Concerns

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Participants will have an improved knowledge of pain aetiology, assessment of pain conditions and confidence and willingness to implement evidence-informed interventions and referrals for the management of patients presenting with persistent pain and substance use disorders.

Relevance to General Practice

Currently approximately one in five adults in Australia report having persistent pain. The total financial cost of persistent pain in Australia is now estimated to be $73.2 billion and rising.

Australia's National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management 2019 proposes that treatment for persistent pain should involve primary care, interdisciplinary involvement and pain specialists.
It is important to have a in-depth understanding of persistent pain so as to better approach the assessment and management it within both primary care and tertiary treatment settings. An understanding of how persistent pain management may need to be tailored for those with co-occurring problematic substance use is also important, for example, when someone on a methadone treatment program develops persistent pain or when someone with persistent pain ceases smoking.
A core understanding of the treatment options available will also allow health professionals to better help their patients choose

Learning outcomes
  • Apply an understanding of persistent pain conditions to the management of people who have problematic substance use.
  • Describe an informed rationale for current concerns about prescription pain medications and dependence within the Australian context.
  • Facilitate exploration of alternative pain management strategies with patients who present with persistent pain and substance use disorder in general practice.
  • Understand the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach and referral pathways for patients experiencing persistent pain and substance use disorder and implement a systematic approach for referrals.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
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    186424 - Managing Pain and Substance Use Concerns
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    3 hours
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