The variety of over-the-counter treatment options and guidelines means there can be misconceptions around the best options for patients. This article, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to highlight when and why pharmacists should review guidelines and the evidence base to support clinical decision making in patients presenting with symptoms of acute pain.
This resource, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to help pharmacists understand the quality of evidence from clinical data to inform the advice they give to patients.
Pharmacists supporting patients to appropriately treat sudden, short bouts of pain through self-care will put patients at the centre of their treatment.
Changes at NHS England mean that now is the time for pharmacists and their teams to reassess how they support patients with acute pain, says Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Experts in pain management attended a round-table event to discuss how pharmacists and the pharmacy team can better support patients to self-manage acute pain with over-the-counter treatments.
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