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187111 - Chronic pain: an integrative approach

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

This activity is designed to help GPs consider how an integrative medicine approach might be incorporated into the care of patients with chronic pain. It highlights some of the risks and benefits of complementary therapies, and focuses on how complementary therapies that are supported by evidence can be integrated into guidelines-based management of four chronic pain conditions: chronic low-back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, tension-type headache and rheumatoid arthritis.

Relevance to General Practice

The burden of pain in Australia is significant, with over 3.2 million Australians living with chronic pain currently. As a result, this is an area of healthcare that all general practitioners (GPs) must understand and maintain current knowledge in.

GPs are typically at the front line of providing or facilitating access to this care; individuals with acute and chronic pain present commonly to GPs. 1 in 5 of all GP consultations in Australia involve a patient suffering from chronic pain. The withdrawal of codeine as an over the counter option for pain management has led to patients presenting to GPs requesting prescriptions for codeine products and/or other forms of pain management. This presents an ideal opportunity for GPs to reassess the patient and consider appropriate holistic pain management strategies, including non-drug approaches.

Learning outcomes
  • Outline the rationale for integrative medicine in the care of patients with chronic pain in general practice.
  • Explain why GPs should routinely identify whether their patients are using complementary therapies.
  • Describe a rational approach to the use of integrative therapies in patients with chronic pain.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

    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

    • Duty of care is maintained

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Musculoskeletal and sports medicine
    • Pain management
    • Integrative medicine
    187111 - Chronic pain: an integrative approach
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
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    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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