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Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient

Karen Forbes and Colette Reid

in Opioids in Cancer Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199218806
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199218806.003.0005

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library OPML P

Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient

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Patients and professionals have inappropriate fears about morphine. Patients’ fears must be explored before they are offered morphine. Tolerance, addiction and serious adverse effects such as respiratory depression are not relevant in clinical practice. Ongoing professional education is necessary to improve pain control in patients with cancer.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Pain Medicine

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