More than 7000 GPs participated in the Chronic pain: opioids and beyond program. Overall, GPs who participated in an educational visit for this program, either 1-1 or group-based, demonstrated significant improvements in knowledge and practice in key areas of chronic (non-cancer) pain management.
The educational visits encouraged GPs to have discussions with patients before starting them on opioid therapy, and also increased the practice of developing pain management plans with patients, and assessing pain and function for patients requiring opioids.
The program message on non-pharmacological strategies resonated with GPs and gave them additional strategies to introduce to patients experiencing chronic pain. The program was also successful in prompting significant increases in the use of the recommended 5As assessment tool for reviewing patients on opioid therapy.
The survey findings will inform future programs to better serve the needs of GPs.