Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsOpioids have the power to transform the quality of life for people living with cancer. They can also cause great harm if used inappropriately prescribed incorrectly or abused. These high risk drugs have the potential to cause serious life-threatening harm, and account for more reported drug errors than other similarly risky medication. Prescribing opioids is a complex process with the potential for error at every stage, but we know that educating clinicians about opioids improves prescriber behaviour, and reduces opioid related harm. This course is for healthcare professionals who prescribe opioids and all who care for patients with cancer who are taking them. You will learn about the basic pharmacology and rationale for opioids for the management of cancer pain.
Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsWe explore the principles of safe opioid prescribing and practice including initiating, titrating and switching these drugs. You'll learn how to identify and proactively manage common opioid side-effects, and recognize when pain may not respond to opioid analgesics. Newcastle University's Faculty of Medical Sciences has a proven track record of delivering high quality postgraduate education. It's suite of online programs in oncology and palliative care provide expert-led education for qualified healthcare professionals all over the world, which consistently evaluate highly in terms of the learner experience and relevance to clinical practice. By studying this course you will be better equipped to safely and effectively treat cancer related pain and improve the care you give your patients.