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Pain & Fever

Headache

 

Understanding headache
  • Learning Objectives
  • Be aware of who is affected by common headaches
  • Identify the different types of common headache and their causes
  • Understand how headache affects quality of life
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Headache management
  • Learning Objectives
  • Identify the aims of treatment for headache
  • Understand what expert guidelines recommend for treating common headaches
  • Recognise the differences between over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in treating headache
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Helping headache patients
  • Learning Objectives
  • Provide patients with advice on managing their headaches
  • Understand the importance of lifestyle modification to manage and prevent headaches
  • Know what advice to give on appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) medicines use
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Tension Type Headaches
  • Learning Objectives
  • Understand the symptoms of tension-type headache (TTH) and how to differentiate it from other headache types like migraine and cluster headache
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Muscle, Joint, Back Pain

 

Understanding muscle and back pain
  • Learning Objectives
  • The scale of muscle pain, strains, sprains, back pain and other musculoskeletal problems
  • Typical causes and symptoms
  • The impact on patients’ quality of life
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Muscle and back pain management
  • Learning Objectives
  • Be aware of the guideline recommendations for muscle and back pain, strain and injury
  • Know how topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and heat treatments provide relief from muscle and joint pains
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Helping patients with muscle and back pain
  • Learning Objectives
  • Be able to advise on how patients can manage musculoskeletal pain for themselves
  • Awareness of lifestyle recommendations to maintain healthy muscle, joint and back care
  • Recognise when a patient needs to be seen by a doctor for further investigation
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Children's Fever

 

Understanding fever in children
  • Learning Objectives
  • Prevalence of fever in children
  • Definition of fever in children
  • Common causes of childhood fever
  • Parental concerns and the need to treat fever
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Managing fever in children
  • Learning Objectives
  • The role of pharmacy in recommending anti-pyretics for children and the management of fever
  • Knowledge of the guidelines for anti-pyretic use
  • Guidance on first-line treatment choice for fever
  • Review of the clinical data for ibuprofen in children’s fever
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Advice for patients
  • Learning Objectives
  • Acknowledging parental need to treat fever
  • Advice on how to evaluate and manage fever with medication
  • Advice on how to evaluate and manage fever with non-pharmacological options
  • When to consult for further advice/referral to a doctor
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Sore Throat

 

Understanding sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Understand patient symptoms and primary concerns
  • Identify common causes of sore throat
  • Understand antibiotics and why they are ineffective for viral infections
  • Recognise sore throat symptoms
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Managing sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Knowledge of the UK guidelines for first-line throat pain relief
  • The role of active ingredients for OTC analgesics and pain relievers
  • The importance of formulation and patient preferences
  • Identification of red-flag symptoms requiring GP referral
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Helping patients with sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Providing reassurance for the duration and course of sore throat, including addressing primary concerns
  • How to manage symptomatic relief optimally
  • What symptoms require further help
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