Expert advice

Medicines management: How to ensure patients get the right medication to relieve their pain

How can I ensure my patient in primary care gets the right medication to relieve their pain?

Question: How can I ensure my patient in primary care gets the right medication to relieve their pain?

This is an interesting area because I have never seen a patient in pain in secondary care with no one making an effort to relieve that pain. If this were to happen, it would be seen as unprofessional and unethical. However, as primary care clinicians, we only see a snapshot of the patient’s pain when we are consulting with them over a ten to 15-minute period.

I have come across patients whose GPs have tried all of the medicines within their scope and have then referred the patients to local or regional pain clinics. If these have been unsuccessful, patients have even opted for private pain clinics, where the options (surgical and pharmacological) open up, sometimes with success. This raises the question of whether our professional and ethical obligations

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs