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Analgesia in home-based rehabilitation. Managing pain for functional gain

Steven Faux

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Abstract

Increasing pressure on healthcare costs and the availability of hospital beds means that more patients are being referred for community-based ambulatory rehabilitation. GPs will increasingly manage the out-of-hospital rehabilitation of a cohort of patients with mild-to-moderate disability, including their analgesia requirements during the rehabilitation process.

Key Points

  • Increasingly, patients will be referred for home-based rehabilitation after discharge from hospital.
  • GPs may be required to manage a patient’s analgesia during the rehabilitation process.
  • Collaboration with a rehabilitation physician may be useful to establish a multidisciplinary treatment plan.
  • Conditions need to be managed according to their likely causes and local resources, and management should always include analgesia, exercise and education.

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