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187001 - Prescribing Opioids

  • : Online

Prescribing Opioids is a 3-hour online education activity. The broad goals are to enhance participants skills and confidence in:
• identifying patients who are drug-dependent (or at risk of this) or drug-seeking, and ways to minimise harm
• establishing boundaries with patients and managing their expectations about opioids
• understanding lawful and good practice prescription of opioids.

Relevance to General Practice

Perceptions among doctors about prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain have highlighted important educational gaps. In addition to intentional misuse of medications, it’s recognised that many patients are being prescribed long-term opioids inappropriately and at excessive doses.(3,5,6) Reasons for inappropriate prescribing include failure to identify the medication as inappropriate; inertia where continuing to prescribe seems less trouble; hesitancy about the management of pain; time pressures; and patient resistance to deprescribing.(2) It is critical to any effective management initiative that GPs are provided with effective resources, education and support to obtain better health outcomes for patients.
2.Holliday S, et al. Pain Med. 2015;16(9):1720.
3.Hollingworth S, et al. 2015;24(6):628.
5.Australian Gov National Drug Strategy. National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse: Framework for Action (2012–2015) A Matter of Balance.
6.Lembke A. N Engl J Med. 2012;367(17):1580

Learning outcomes
  • Evaluate strategies for setting boundaries with a drug-dependent patient to identify new techniques to incorporate into your work
  • Identify behaviours that may indicate misuse of opioids
  • Describe a systematic approach to manage patient expectations to reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse
  • Discuss at least two patient-centred care strategies to help patients manage their non-cancer pain
  • Outline the regulatory requirements for prescribing opioid analgesics for the state you work in
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The health needs of individuals are balanced with the health needs of the community through effective utilisation of resources

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Addiction medicine
    • Pain management
    187001 - Prescribing Opioids
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hrs
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    6 cpd
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