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Training for General Practitioners in opioid prescribing for chronic pain based on practice guidelines: a randomized pilot and feasibility trial


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McCracken, L. M., Boichat, C. and Eccleston, C., 2012. Training for General Practitioners in opioid prescribing for chronic pain based on practice guidelines: a randomized pilot and feasibility trial. Journal of Pain, 13 (1), pp. 32-40.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2011.09.007

    Abstract

    This study is a pilot and feasibility study that compares 2 training experiences to improve appropriate opioid prescribing for chronic pain. Both training conditions included education in relation to opioid guidelines. Following education, 1 condition included training aimed at improving psychological flexibility and the other included training in practical knowledge and skills related to pain management. Eighty-one general practitioners (GPs) took part in the study, each having been randomly assigned to 1 of the training conditions. It proved easy to recruit GPs to the training. Overall, GPs demonstrated increased knowledge of opioid prescribing for chronic pain and decreases in concerns related to prescribing following training. However, there were no changes observed in reported prescribing practices or in secondary measures of well-being. There were also no significant differences between the training conditions, other than a greater increase in intention to use prescribing guidelines in the psychological flexibility condition. Feasibility and acceptability of the training methods were generally rated high. The psychological flexibility condition was rated higher than the comparison condition in terms of interest and satisfaction. Finally, processes of psychological flexibility before and after training significantly correlated with measures of GP well-being, providing partial support for the relevance of these processes as a focus in GP training. Perspective: A training intervention for GPs including education on opioid guidelines for chronic pain and psychological flexibility training increased knowledge of prescribing and reduced concerns but did not change prescribing behavior or well-being. The training was highly acceptable to GPs but may have been too short to produce other effects.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsMcCracken, L. M., Boichat, C. and Eccleston, C.
    DOI10.1016/j.jpain.2011.09.007
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Research CentresCentre for Pain Research
    Publisher StatementBoichat_JoP_2011.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pain. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pain, vol 13, issue 1, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.jpain.2011.09.007; Boichat_JoP_2011.doc: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pain. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pain, vol 13, issue 1, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.jpain.2011.09.007
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code27774

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