Opioid Medication In Palliative Care
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The Training Package contains evidence based information about opioids and their use in palliative care. It should be noted that there is a lack of evidence base in palliative care because of the relative difficulty of obtaining evidence in these patients. Where evidence based information is not available consensus based best practice information has been included. The package addresses issues such as pain assessment, pain management, the use of opioids with other medications, the advantages and disadvantages and adverse effects of different opioids, and the principles and regimes governing their application in the treatment of pain and other symptoms such as dyspnoea and cough commonly experienced by palliative care patients. In the interest of keeping the focus of the learning package on opioid medication, emphasis on other aspects of concurrent treatment and symptom management have been marginalised.