Patient guide to managing pain and opioid medicines
That is an amazing statistic and the reason that NPS has created an education program around opioid use called Managing Pain and opioid medicines.
The resource, Managing pain and opioid medicines, was developed in consultation with the Queensland Clinical Senate and Society of Hospital Pharmacists and tested in the surgical wards and emergency departments of four hospitals in Victoria and Queensland, by hospital staff and inpatients. It has three key elements to support people who are prescribed opioids:
- Five questions people are encouraged to ask their health professional before leaving hospital with opioids. This has been modelled on Choosing Wisely Australia’s 5 questions to ask your doctor resource to guide better conversations with health professionals about tests, treatments and procedures.
- Tips for taking and storing opioids at home.
- A personal pain management plan that should be developed in conjunction with a health professional.
The aim is that when you are providing education to your patients about their medication use you can download the resource and give it to them to take home. Then when they are followed up post-hospital discharge by their GP they have a document to start the conversation with their doctor about pain.
You do need to note that this resource has not been created to be used in the palliative setting with clients who have a life-limiting illness.
Nurses play a key role in pain management – the advice and education we provide our patients should reflect current best practice guidelines.