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Strong opioids in the treatment of people with non-malignant pain

Jon Francis

in Long-term pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199214150
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199214150.003.0010
Strong opioids in the treatment of people with non-malignant pain

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Opioids are our most powerful analgesics, but prejudice, ignorance and fear of addiction remain barriers to their use in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. Attitudes are changing, as witnessed by an increasingly free use of opioid patches; this has created a new set of issues. Improved understanding is needed widely amongst primary care and hospital physicians about the best use of this group of medicines.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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