10-Minute Modules To support the 10-minute consultation
A practical GP resource on the appropriate use of opioids for non-malignant pain. There are eleven 10-minute modules in total. Start with the three PAIN MODULES and then move on to the eight CASE STUDIES.
EARN 5.5 CPD CREDITS
Based on 10 minutes of learning and 20 minutes of reflection on each of the eleven modules. Gain further credits through suggested activities to demonstrate the impact achieved+Start with the pain modules
Case Study Maintaining functionality
Work through a case study to develop your skills in identifying suitable patients for whom an opioid may be appropriate to help improve functionality.
Scenario: 75-year-old male with pain in his right hip due to osteoarthritis (OA). He recently had a fall and his mobility is now more restricted and the pain caused by his OA has worsened.
Case Study Patient information
Work through a case study to develop your skills in the use of the biopsychosocial pain assessment and provision of appropriate patient information prior to prescribing an opioid.
Scenario: 55-year-old diabetic male with generalised musculoskeletal pain, presenting with uncontrolled pain that is affecting his ability to drive comfortably.
Case StudyOptimising pain management
Work through a case study to develop your skills in titrating the opioid dose to provide effective pain relief in response to a patient’s needs.
Scenario: 38-year-old male with non-specific pain following a fall from a ladder. His pain has recently worsened so that he is unable to work and is very worried about the loss of income that this has led to.
Case StudyNeuropathic pain
Work through a case study to develop your skills in the appropriate management and treatment of neuropathic pain.
Scenario: 66-year-old lady presenting with thoracic pain, previously diagnosed with shingles and prescribed anti-virals and analgesics. However, two months on, her pain has not resolved.
Case StudyRecognising addiction
Work through a case study to develop your skills in the appropriate management of a patient who may be at risk of opioid addiction.
Scenario: 42-year-old female with chronic low back pain, recently exacerbated by a fall. She is now demanding a new prescription as she says her bag was stolen containing her pain medication.
Case StudyOpioid titration
Work through a case study to develop your skills in appropriate pain management in response to an improvement in pain scores.
Scenario: 75-year-old male who underwent a right hip replacement due to osteoarthritis. He is currently receiving morphine and undergoing physiotherapy, and has reported considerable improvement in his pain since the operation.
Case StudyImproving adherence
Work through a case study to develop your skills in identifying and addressing reasons for poor adherence to an opioid regimen identified from a Medicines Use Review.
Scenario: 45-year-old female with a long history of low back pain and who is in continuous pain, but is only taking her medication occasionally as it makes her dizzy and nauseous.
Case StudyManaging side-effects
Work through a case study to develop your skills in the management of opioid induced gastrointestinal and dermatological side-effects.
Scenario: 65-year-old male with osteoarthritis waiting for knee surgery, whose pain is poorly controlled and is experiencing constipation and an itch on his arms and legs.
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