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AR114 Prescribing for pain management

Course summary

This comprehensive course looks at different types of pain and various pharmacological approaches to effective pain management. It is ideal for first contact practitioners who deal with patients that present with either acute or chronic pain. Group participation including discussion, sharing of experiences, debate and practical workshops make this a stimulating and challenging experience.

Who should attend?

Non-medical prescribers
Advanced nurse practitioners
Allied health professionals
Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
Acute care nurses

Important notes

Course material, evaluations and certificates included.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 8 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Have a sound understanding of the physiology and different types of pain
  • Review the WHO analgesic ladder, national and local pain management guidelines.
  • Develop a solid understanding of a range of pharmacological treatments for acute and chronic pain management.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the most suitable analgesic, dose and route of administration for a variety of conditions.
  • Understand and interpret the monitoring of patients receiving analgesia
  • Discuss the role and limitations of drugs such as strong opioids in the treatment of chronic non-malignant pain (CNMP).
  • Discuss and review advice on pain management issues.
  • Review concerns pertaining to misuse of pain medication
  • Have a better understanding of controlled drugs
  • Practice writing a legal controlled drug prescription
  • Be aware of some non-pharmacological options for pain management
  • Gain an insight into psychological issues surrounding pain management

Course programme

  • The Pain Pathway
  • Data on Pain Prescribing
  • The Patient
  • Guidelines
  • Acute pain management
  • Chronic pain management
  • Prescribing in Palliative Care
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Management of non-specific low back pain and sciatica
  • NSAID Prescribing
  • Information about drugs NOT recommended as first line choice
  • Evidence and role of rubefacients
  • The role of glucosamine and chondroitin or other over the counter medication
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Key points in prescribing pain medication:
  • -Children
  • -The elderly patient
  • -The patient with renal impairment
  • -The patient with liver impairment
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Understanding pain and anxiety and depression.
  • Non-medical self-management and OTC pain management
  • Other Pain

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