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Help us fight joint pain in community pharmacy — become a ‘PJ joint pain champion’

Are you a community pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant interested in developing specialist expertise in the management of joint pain?

Find out how you can get involved and join our exciting new working group here.

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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.

However:

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

A visual guide to joint pain

For an overview of joint pain pathology and treatment, including the recommended strengthening and flexibility exercises to reduce pain and improve function, see here.

The joint pain management pathway

This algorithm can be used to manage patients presenting in community pharmacy with new onset joint pain, in line with evidence-based guidance and best practice.

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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.

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