Despite the limited evidence for long-term use of opioid in chronic pain and its associated harms - this topic is not black and white. Managing pain requires time and effort to attend to its biopsychosocial characteristics. For some patients living with pain, opioids remain a necessary therapeutic option to improve their function and Quality of Life (QOL). This presentation will provide a deep dive into the long-term adverse effects of opioids: how to screen, monitor, and manage these adverse effects in practice. Importantly, we will cover how to engage patients in meaningful conversations about challenging the continued use of opioids.
Nicolette is an Advanced Pharmacist Advisor for QLD Health and senior clinical pharmacist for Beyond Pain, an interdisciplinary persistent pain videoconferencing program. A regular presenter and national trainer, she is passionate about improving access to multidisciplinary care for those living with persistent pain. She also runs "The Rainbow Pharmacist", a content series featuring prominent healthcare influencers and consumers, exploring all the colours of the healthcare rainbow.