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Clinical guidelines and evidence base for acute pain management

July 05, 2019 / SUSAN YOUSSEF

The variety of over-the-counter treatments and guidelines allows for misconceptions around the best self-care options for patients with acute pain. This article highlights when and why pharmacists should review the literature to support clinical decision making in patients presenting with symptoms of acute pain. All healthcare professionals interact with people experiencing pain as part of their everyday working lives. Patients often have high expectations of pain management, therefore, providing the best advice on analgesia to patients seeking relief of acute pain in community pharmacy is critical to its function as a point of care.