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After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:
Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6
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Pharmacists are well equipped to assist patients who request treatment for pain. This article discusses the role of the pharmacist in the appropriate supply of over-the-counter diclofenac for management of pain.
Pain in perspective
Pain is subjective. While no two people experience pain in exactly the same way, it is very common. Data indicates that in 2020–21, 71.1% of Australian adults experienced recent bodily pain and for 6.4% of those people it was severe or very severe.1 Pain can have an important, negative impact on overall quality of life, including emotional and social interactions and ability to function at work.1,2 It has been estimated that chronic pain cost the Australian economy more than $139 billion in 2018.3
Australians tend to self-diagnose and self-manage their pain, with many opting to use non-prescription medicines. W
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