Opioid Analgesics: Treating Pain in People with Cancer
Newcastle University
  • Start Date: 14 Oct, 2019
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Understand opioid prescribing for the treatment of cancer pain, and how to avoid and manage opioid-related adverse events.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Learn how to opioid analgesics for the treatment of cancer pain


Despite being commonly prescribed, opioids account for more reported drug errors than any other high-risk medication (Alanazi et al, 2016). They represent a significant patient safety and public health issue. This course will help you increase your knowledge of the basic pharmacology of opioids so you are better able to prescribe them safely and effectively in the treatment of cancer-related pain.


You will learn the principles for safe prescribing, get to grips with the management of opioid-related adverse events and understand the rationale for prescribing opioid analgesics for cancer pain.


This course is for qualified healthcare professionals who prescribe opioid drugs and/or care for patients who are taking opioids anywhere in the world. It will be of particular use to general practitioners, palliative care specialists, acute hospital practitioners (surgical and medical disciplines), pharmacists and those with an interest in pain management, including medical and non-medical prescribers and those professionals involved in monitoring and supervision of opioid prescribing.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

Newcastle University

Newcastle University, UK, is a thriving international community of 15,000 undergraduate and 6,000 postgraduate students.

The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

As a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities in the UK, Newcastle has a world-class reputation for research excellence and is in the UK’s top twelve for research power in Science and Engineering. The university strives for excellence with a purpose, and to this end is tackling three major challenges that have a significant impact on global society: Ageing, Sustainability, and Social Renewal. Much of the research to address these three Societal Challenge themes is organised internally.

Newcastle is among the top 20 universities in the country for its employment rate with more than 95% of graduates going on to employment or further study after 6 months, more than three quarters in graduate-level jobs. Students consistently rate their time at Newcastle very highly. The 2013 National Student Survey found that 90% of students were happy with their time at Newcastle, placing the institution tenth among full service universities in the UK.

The latest International Student Barometer found that nine out of ten of international students would recommend Newcastle University to their friends and family, the twelfth best in the world.

The university has extended its reach beyond the UK by opening two branch campuses. In 2008, in partnership with the Singapore Institute for Technology, a campus was opened in Singapore which offers seven degree programmes attracting over 400 students every academic year. In 2011, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia opened its doors, delivering degrees in medicine and biomedical sciences – the first UK university to establish a medical campus overseas. The newly launched Confucius Institute is the first to be established in the North East of England, building closer links between our region and China.

 

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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