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Around 50% of pharmacists interact with more than 5 patients with joint pain or stiffness each week, and 10% manage more than 15 such patients each week. Given the lifestyle changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this number has likely increased, including patients from a wider demographic than before.
- Do you know how to advise patients presenting with joint pain on its effective management?
- How would you apply evidence-based best practice to the patient?
The learning articles and resources below aim to support this understanding; implement a change in behaviours; and help pharmacists and their teams deliver effective patient consultations through the application of evidence-based best practice.
Read more about the background to our campaign here.
Community pharmacy learning materials
*NEW* Pharmacy guide
Pharmacy guide to joint pain: managementSupported content
Pharmacy guide to joint pain: case studiesSupported content
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Pharmacy leaders must train and support teams to meet the needs of patients with joint painSupported content
How to conduct an effective joint pain management consultation in a community pharmacy settingSupported content
Appropriate community pharmacy management of joint painSupported content
About our campaign
A 2018 survey by The Pharmaceutical Journal found that around 50% of pharmacists interact with more than 5 patients with joint pain or stiffness each week, and 10% manage more than 15 such patients each week. Given the lifestyle changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this number has likely increased, including patients from a wider demographic than before.
This same survey also revealed that 51% of pharmacists are unaware that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as part of first-line treatment for osteoarthritis, the most common cause of joint pain and/or stiffness.
Pharmacy teams need to review the advice and support they currently provide, to demonstrate to patients that they are best placed to help them effectively manage their symptoms.
This campaign — brought to you in partnership with GSK — and its related outputs can help pharmacists and their teams achieve this through implementation of the joint pain management pathway.