Neuropathic pain: a roadmap for diagnosis and management
Improve patient outcomes by using a stepwise approach to diagnosing neuropathic pain, and discover emerging evidence for first-line medicines.
Management recommendations are provided for chronic neuropathic pain and reflect recent updates by Therapeutic Guidelines: Pain and Analgesia. For guidance around managing acute neuropathic pain see Therapeutic Guidelines: Pain and Analgesia.
Due to the low prevalence of neuropathic pain, this Clinical e-Audit requires data to be submitted for only FIVE (5) patients.
This activity has been accredited for 40 points (CPD Accredited Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity number: 184097).
This activity has been accredited for 6 hours under the outcome measurement category in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity code: 18575).
Because pain presentations can be complex, diagnosis and management of neuropathic pain can be challenging. This Clinical e-Audit will guide you to:
- review your approach to diagnosing neuropathic pain in light of the recently published grading system and updated neuropathic pain definition
- identify strategies to maximise treatment benefit and tolerability
- consider emerging evidence for first-line medicines when recommending treatment
- access tools and information that may be helpful to your patients.
Our Clinical e-Audits are free quality improvement activities that help GPs review their current prescribing practice for patients with certain conditions, compared with current best practice guidelines.
- completing electronic data collection for 5 patients
- submitting de-identified data securely online
- reflecting on immediate patient-specific feedback to assist implementation of changes to practice
- reviewing individual and peer feedback results, based on achievement of best practice clinical indicators
- recording progress of individual patients automatically identified for review
- reflecting on improvements in your practice.
Participation in this activity will help you:
- recognise the importance of combining targeted history and physical examination in the diagnosis of neuropathic pain, to exclude other causes of pain
- implement a stepwise approach to pharmacological management of neuropathic pain and consider key patient factors to individualise treatment
- identify strategies to improve tolerability and adherence to neuropathic pain medicines
- develop a pain management plan, incorporating realistic treatment goals, with patients.
- have access to a summary of best practice recommendations
- receive practical advice to provide to your patients
- create an individualised management plan for each patient
- receive immediate feedback and be able to compare your results with those of your peers.