Chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the single biggest cause of the rising burden of disability in England. These long term conditions have a huge negative impact on individuals including on employment, well-being, day to day function, mobility and pain.
There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions, which fall into five main groups
Degenerative arthritis including osteoarthritis
Soft tissue pain
And connective tissue diseases or CTD
There are approximately 350,000 people aged 16 years or older with rheumatoid arthritis in England.
An Arthritis Research UK report estimates that the number of people with osteoarthritis in England is around 7.3 million.
A common misconception is that little can be done for people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, but this is not true. As a pharmacist you can support people with these conditions to live well and deal with their condition. Use the resources on this page to learn how to prevent disability by supporting your patients to aim for a healthy weight, increase physical activity and use medicines effectively.
The aim of this programme is to develop your skills and confidence to support people living with chronic pain. You will consider the safe and effective use of medicines, focusing on opioids, and how to use a person-centred approach to empower people to live well with pain.
6h:45m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)
Learning Outcomes:On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
NICE Osteoarthritis: care and management clinical guideline
This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Deprescribing opioids in people with chronic pain focal point programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes in that programme.
Why should I do this assessment?This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Deprescribing opioids in people with chronic pain focal point programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record, and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks. If you are working towards completing a Declaration of Competence for a pharmacy service, successful completion of this assessment will provide evidence of your learning.
This short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.
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