Management of pain in the terminally ill

King, S.E. et al. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine. Published online: 23 September 2016

drug-1674890_960_720Pain management in the terminally ill can be complex and challenging necessitating a holistic approach. Multimodal analgesic strategies are usually employed to successfully manage pain and other symptoms. There are now a variety of opioid formulations available to treat moderate to severe pain. Neuropathic and cancer-induced bone pain can be difficult to treat, but newer drugs are available in addition to a number of established interventional procedures. The psychosocial aspects associated with terminal illness must be considered and managed with the involvement of a multidisciplinary palliative care team.

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