We are pleased to announce that our Deprescribing opioids in people with chronic pain focal point is now open for bookings.
In the UK, it is estimated that 33–50 percent of the population is affected by chronic pain (see the BMJ Open), and a recent survey conducted by BBC News suggests that 25 percent of us are living with pain.
The number of prescriptions issued for strong opioids in the UK for long-term pain has increased significantly. However, there is little evidence to show that these medicines provide lasting improvements in pain and function. Furthermore, evidence suggests that they cause significant side effects, which can result in a reduced quality of life.
In this focal point, we consider pain management strategies, including self-management and non-pharmacological approaches that can empower people to live well with pain. The programme also outlines how to apply a person-centred approach to optimising an individual’s pharmacological pain management.
In addition, we consider how to put the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on the management of chronic primary pain into practice, understanding that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to providing care for people living with pain.
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