Paediatric Palliative Care Guidelines
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Pharmacological management of pain - Archived

Management of pain in palliative care differs from pain management in other contexts in that:

  • There is often more than one source of pain.
  • Acute persistent and chronic pain usually co-exist.
  • Physical pain is complicated by the psychosocial and spiritual context of approaching the end of life.
  • Pain is usually gradually increasing in severity.  Analgesia in palliative medicine is typically characterised by the need to titrate ever upwards at a carefully considered rate.
  • The balance between the benefit of a medication or other intervention against its burden needs to be considered in terms of the immediate quality of life, rather than any long term considerations.
Edition/Revision: 1.0
Created 18 Jul 2013 - Archived
Validated 19 Jul 2013 by Ian Back
Last modified 1 Mar 2024
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Last modified 1 Mar 2024