Pain is something we all want to avoid. It touches every aspect of an individual’s life when a patient experiences prolonged pain. It impinges upon the lives of those surrounding the sufferer, and not only the families and carers, but also the healthcare professionals involved in the patients management. Sadly, pain is often undertreated and the reasons for this are multifactorial but even though good medication is available, the opioids remain underused because of fears and misconceptions that surround their use.
The course will consider how our practice influences the approaches to managing pain, or perhaps how we approach such problems within a framework that encourages multidisciplinary and inter-professional values. It will also review the basic science of the neurological system and the pharmacology of the analgesic agents.