What is the Purpose of this study?
A recent report suggests that clinical pharmacists working in GP surgeries may be able to help improve care for patients with long-term pain. Our research aims to find out how clinical pharmacists should do this and what extra training they would need.
Why is this important?
Almost half of all adults in the UK live with long-term pain. Most are managed by their family doctor (GP), often using medicines. The use of morphine-like painkillers (opioids) has dramatically increased in recent years. Around 2.5 million people are now prescribed opioids for long-term pain.Opioids include medicines such as codeine, tramadol, oxycodone,morphine and various patches. For many people opioids don’t seem to help in the long-term, and they may cause other problems, including serious harm. Guidelines say that people taking opioids long-term should be reviewed regularly, to make sure they their medicines are helping and not harming them, but often this doesn’t happen.
How you can help
Your experiences and views about living with and taking medication for long-term pain are important to the research team and will help us understand the best way for clinical pharmacists to improve care for patients with long-term pain.
About the Q-Promppt Blog
The Q-PROMPPT blog is an online discussion forum where people can share their experiences and views about living with long-term pain and taking pain medicines. It is hosted on a secure Keele University server. You will need to register to take part using a valid email address. You will be given a unique username (e.g., WN83) so your comments will be anonymous and will not reveal your true identity. The Q-PROMPPT blog will be open (‘live’) for 8-12 weeks with a new discussion topic added every few days. A short video will explain the topic followed by a written summary and one or two questions. You choose how much to get involved in the discussions. After 8-12 weeks the blog will close and will no longer be available online. The study team will analyse all the anonymous comments and contributions.
Want to know what the Q-PROMPPT blog is like? Here is an example page from the site.
You choose how much to get involved in the discussions. After 8-12 weeks the blog will close and will no longer be available online. The study team will analyse all the anonymous comments and contributions.
Interested in taking part?
Click on the link below to read the full Participant Information Sheet (link opens a PDF document in a separate tab which you will be able to read, download, and/or print)
Go straight to our topic list to join the Q-Promppt research blog.Topic List
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