The place of opioids, their problems and the practical application of new NICE guidance.
Through the session, new NICE guidance on the management of chronic pain will be reviewed to understand what this means for clinical practice. Specifically, patients for who opioids are and are not an appropriate treatment option will be identified.
Evidence-based pain management techniques for those who should not be prescribed an opioid will be shared.
Best practice guidance for those patients for who opioids are an appropriate pain management option will be reviewed. This will include the development of a patient contract and reviewing the management of common side effects, such as opioid induced constipation using NICE guidance on the management of constipation and NICE TAs for the management of opioid induced constipation management. The impact of effectively managing side effects on opioid dosing and patient outcomes will be discussed.
- •Understand for which patients opioid prescribing is not appropriate according to new NICE guidance
- •Understand which evidence-based pain management techniques that are available to offer patients for whom opioid prescribing is not appropriate according to new guidance
- •Identify which patients can appropriately be prescribed an opioid
- •Review best practice management of opioids including developing a patient contract and managing side effects