Clinical case study

Chronic pain: opioids and beyond case study

A 78-year-old woman presents with worsening arthritic pain. What factors are contributing to her pain and what are the management options?

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Chronic pain: opioids and beyond
 

Accreditation

This activity has been accredited for 2 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI & CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (activity number 92258).

This activity has been accredited by ACRRM for 1 Core point in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (ACRRM ID: 9088).

 

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In this case study you will meet Pina, a 78-year-old woman who is experiencing worsening arthritic pain. She is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the pain, especially as she lives alone.

What factors do you think are contributing to Pina's pain and what management options would you recommend? How can you apply a biopsychosocial model of care to help manage Pina's pain? Where do opioids fit into the overall approach?

Complete this case study at your convenience on the device of your choice (computer, tablet or smartphone). Receive instant feedback, compare your approach to that of your peers and read expert commentary provided by leading pain specialist Dr Newman Harris.