New resources to help pharmacists manage patients with persistent pain have been developed by UCL School of Pharmacy and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association. The resources include two “Talking about pain” guides — one for pharmacists and the other for patients.
Roger Knaggs, associate professor of clinical pharmacy practice at the University of Nottingham and advanced pharmacy practitioner for pain management at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, told Clinical Pharmacist that the document for patients is designed to help them think about their pain and how it impacts on their life, and the one for pharmacists focuses on how to interpret the information patients share about their pain.
“It may be useful in several different scenarios, such as when a customer requests advice about pain and its treatment, or when it is noticed that a customer requests over-the-counter analgesics on a regular basis. Alternatively, when a patient presents a prescription for a pain medicine there is the opportunity to assess the benefit of the current treatment and whether the patient still has unrelieved pain,” explained Professor Knaggs.
Also included in the package is the report “Relieving persistent pain, improving health outcomes”, which outlines current evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and management of persistent pain.
The patient resource is called Talking About Pain Eight ‘LESS PAIN’ questions to discuss with your pharmacist when you are troubled by pain and is available at www.ucl.ac.uk