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Essential CPE: Overview of pain and pain management: Part 1 - Acute pain

This Essential CPE focuses on pain and pain management, summarising current treatment options available for managing pain, with an emphasis on acute pain.

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Codeine case studies

These codeine case studies aim to walk pharmacists through common scenarios encountered in the pharmacy and equip them with the necessary tools to handle direct requests for codeine-containing medicines.

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Pain management: Tackling the hard conversations

This series of videos provides pharmacists with strategies to better engage with patients who are seeking assistance with pain issues.

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Codeine: Effective Collaboration and Patient Engagement

Recorded lecture October 2017

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Current concepts in pain and why you should know – The Pain Forum 2017

Recorded lecture November 2017

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Alternatives to OTC codeine

Discusses the role of pharmacists in managing patients with chronic pain including treatment options and the potential for abuse of codeine-containing products.

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Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations: promising alternatives to codeine

Outlines the current issues around S3 provision of codeine containing products and the efficacy of paracetamol/ibuprofen combination products.

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Effective over-the-counter pain management in pharmacy

Over-the-counter (OTC) management choices for acute analgesia will change with the up-scheduling of codeine, forecast for February 2018.

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Exploring pain management through community pharmacy

Identifies the role of pharmacists in improving access to chronic pain care, including tools to assess chronic pain in community pharmacies offering a pain management service.

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OTC NSAIDs – Cardiovascular risks

Outlines the mode of action for NSAIDs and alternative recommendations when side effects or drug interactions occur.

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The evidence – Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and turmeric

Identifies complementary medicines that can be used to treat musculoskeletal pain.

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Pain management – too many opioids

Summarise the use of opioids for long-term treatment of non-cancer pain including adverse effects and the need for a multifaceted approach.

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Minor ailments - Neck pain

Identify the causes of consumer’s neck pain and determine the most appropriate treatment.

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Alternatives to codeine for pain management

Discuss the role of the pharmacist in assisting patients presenting with pain and identify when pharmacists should refer patients to another health professional.

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Efficacy and safety of diclofenac for the management of pain

Identify indications and discuss safety considerations associated with diclofenac and describe the role of the pharmacist in supporting its safe and appropriate supply.

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