Opioids in palliative care: the NICE guidance

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Many life-limiting and progressive disorders require effective pain-management strategies. The use of opioids is one facet of pain management and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical has produced guidance on this. One of the primary messages from the guideline is the need for careful assessment and excellent communication. This article discusses the various recommendations included in the guideline, covering issues of correct dosage, understanding patients’ expectations and fears, ongoing monitoring and management of the side-effects associated with opioids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-19
Number of pages4
JournalNursing Times
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • Pain
  • Opioids
  • NICE


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