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Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. (2018) Briefing statement to health professionals on the management of opioid medications. London: Royal College of Anaesthetists. 4 p.

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Key messages:
There is an urgent need to:-
• Screen and assess people on opioids,
• Make clinical decisions about opioid reduction and optimal pain management where appropriate,
• Identify the best clinical approach and place (GP surgery, hospital clinic, community pharmacy) for this to occur,
• Ensure that there are resources to deal with those patients captured by any screening process,
• Employ a corporate approach to manage those who are non-compliant (see ‘Recommended Actions’).

This should be proactively linked to interdisciplinary pain assessment and management to ensure best pain management through other strategies and treatments.

The required services need to be fully commissioned to support patients.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:November 2018
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Royal College of Anaesthetists
Corporate Creators:Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Over the counter drug (medicine / medication)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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