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Prof Laserina O Connor President of the Irish Pain Society speaks on improving pain outcomes

Prof Laserina O Connor, President of the Irish Pain Society spoke today at Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing for pain in london on improving pain outcomes: developing, demonstrating and maintaining continued competence in non medical prescribing for pain.

Laserina opened the presentation by stating that "Its not what I am prescribing I am worried about, it is what the patient is already on" emphasising the increasing importance of recognising increasing co-morbidity in patients that we are prescribing for pain.

Laserina went on to discuss the following issues using case examples (more details in attached slides) :

- Pain characteristics
- Pain Mechanisms
- Pain Expression
- Personalised Pain Goals
- Reassessment of pain

Laserina went on to discuss pain maangement for older people and those with dementia.

Laserina discussed the use of flag methodology in terms of assessment of chronic pain and predictors of outcome and the 5As with regard to monitoring outcomes during long term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Laserina discussed the importance of addiction psychiatry in terms of pain and tools that could be used to capture this and adverse outcomes to look out for with regard to chronic opioid therapy.

Prof O Connor recommended the 2015 edition of  Fordyce's Behavioral Methods for Chronic Pain and Illness available here

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Future events of interest:

Nurse Prescribing
Thursday 3 December 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Nurse Prescribing for Wound Care
Tuesday 19 January 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Wednesday 3 February 2016
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham


Download: Prof O Connor Presentation

22 September 2015


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