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Cancer Control. 2001 Jan-Feb;8(1):15-24.

Assessment and management of pain in palliative care patients.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and LifePath Hospice, Tampa 33612-4799, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pain affects more than 70% of cancer patients but is often undertreated.

METHODS:

The authors review and present methodologies to maximize proper palliative approaches to this symptom for the majority of patients.

RESULTS:

The World Health Organization's stepwise guide to pain control serves as an excellent basis for management. Around-the-clock dosing, using adjuvant treatments, and using noninvasive routes of administration provide good pain control for 80% of patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Barriers to effective pain control will be reduced as new JCAHO standards regarding pain control are implemented.

PMID:
11176032
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