Opioid medication in the palliative care of motor neurone disease

Oliver, David J. (1998) Opioid medication in the palliative care of motor neurone disease. Palliative Medicine, 12 (2). pp. 113-115. ISSN 0269-2163. (Full text available)

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Abstract

In the palliative care of patients with motor neurone disease (MND) symptoms are encountered that can be helped by the use of strong opioid medication. A retrospective survey of the 32 patients dying of MND at the Wisdom Hospice who required opioids showed that 75% received oral opioids, 94% received parenteral opioids and 72% received both oral and parenteral opioids. The median oral morphine dose was 60 mg/24 h, with a median duration of 51 days and the median parenteral dose was180 mg/24hours with a median duration of use of three days. The results show that strong opioids can be used safely and effectively in the palliative care of patients with MND.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: analgesic; opioids; motor neurone disease; palliative care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: David Oliver
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2018 10:36 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2018 10:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67247 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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