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Controlled drugs in chronic pain: supporting patients with safe and effective use


  • Released: 01/2022
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:30m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this e-learning programme is to support you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to support patients to use prescribed controlled drugs safely and effectively, with a focus on controlled drugs used in chronic pain. It will allow you to explore the risks, challenges and consequences associated with a growing use of prescribed controlled drugs, and how to apply a shared decision-making approach to discussions involving controlled drugs.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the risks, challenges and consequences associated with a growing use of prescribed controlled drugs
  • identify people who may benefit from support with their use of controlled drugs
  • support patients with chronic pain to consider alternative options to controlled drugs use
  • develop your professional network to support you to deliver personalised care for people taking controlled drugs
  • apply a shared decision-making approach to discussions involving controlled drugs
  • apply your learning to make changes to your practice to improve the safe and effective use of controlled drugs.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants