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Opioids: GPs set to be central in reduction drive

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"Although patients with chronic pain do receive reviews, Johnson says the process is not well defined; it doesn’t have a QOF indicator like asthma" This is the heart of the problem though. Asthma care is theoretically simple. PEFR - tick. 3 RCGP questions - tick. Meds adjusted according to stepwise chart - tick. Managing chronic pain cannot (with today's level of knowledge) be reduced to an equivalent algorithm, and will always be a murky compromise between science, patient acceptability, GP boundaries and pragmatism.

Posted date

29 Jun 2017

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11:48am

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