New Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW) research released this week estimates 1 in 5 (19%, 1.6 million) Australians aged 45 and over experience chronic pain, with higher rates for women compared to men. 
GuildCare NG would like to remind pharmacists to consider chronic pain patients for MedsChecks.
The new AIHW research also outlined that people aged 45 and over experiencing chronic pain are almost 3 times as likely to have been dispensed pain medication as those without chronic pain1. Pain medication includes opioids, migraine medication, and other analgesics1.
“People with chronic pain are more likely to experience mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, sleep disturbance and fatigue1. People experiencing chronic pain also are often in contact with a range of health professionals to assist in the management of their pain1,” said GuildLink CEO Arun Sharma,
“On the back of this new research, we would like to remind pharmacists to consider undertaking MedsChecks for patients experiencing chronic pain, in order to help provide these patients with improved medication management and general healthcare assistance – as some pain management medications can be at a higher risk of adverse events.”