This interactive module clarifies when imaging is appropriate for chronic abdominal pain in adults.
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This activity has been approved for 3 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI & CPD Program for the 2017 - 2019 triennium (activity number 91699).
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This activity has been accredited for 2 Core points in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2017-2019 triennium (activity code: 9021).
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This online learning module has been developed to support GPs, registrars and medical students to make best use of diagnostic imaging in investigating chronic abdominal pain. For most abdominal pain, GPs are the first point of contact with the healthcare system.
Worldwide, including in Australia, imaging referrals have steadily increased in the last decade. Abdominal pain is one of the most frequent reasons for imaging requests. There has also been a significant increase in requests for CT, which is associated with higher radiation risks to the patient than other imaging modalities.
Chronic abdominal pain is a common presentation that can challenge even the most seasoned clinician. Frequently it involves a benign and self-limiting complaint but it can also signal more serious pathology or surgical emergencies.
Any imaging that is not justified exposes patients to unnecessary risks. While imaging can assist in the diagnosis of some clinical presentations of chronic abdominal pain, history and physical examination remain the best first-line assessment and exclusion tools in primary care.
Completing the Chronic abdominal pain in adults – when is imaging indicated? online learning module will refresh your knowledge and decision making skills by practising how to apply current Australian guidelines to common presentation of chronic abdominal pain.
After completing this learning module you will be able to:
- recognise clinical indicators in the history and physical examination of a patient presenting with chronic abdominal pain, to inform the need for imaging investigations
- choose the most appropriate imaging method for investigation of common presentations of chronic abdominal pain using the latest Australian guidelines
- justify imaging referrals and associated clinical decision making through an assessment of benefits and harms of imaging for each patient
- make quality diagnostic imaging referrals and increase their yield by providing adequate clinical detail, a provisional diagnosis and the clinical question.