Documentation of severe pain, opioid doses, and opioid-related side effects in outpatients with cancer: a retrospective study.

@article{Weber1999DocumentationOS,
  title={Documentation of severe pain, opioid doses, and opioid-related side effects in outpatients with cancer: a retrospective study.},
  author={M F Weber and Christoph Huber},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={1999},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={49-54}
}
Pain severity, prescribed opioids including "rescue" medication for breakthrough pain, bowel movements, and laxative prescription were evaluated in 54 cancer patients treated in an outpatient department devoted to hematology and oncology during 1996. Median number of visits per patient was 5.5 (range 1-48), and median duration of patient care during opioid therapy was 44.5 days (range 1-363). Pain severity and opioid dose were not documented, or documented in less than 25% of visits, in 62.9… CONTINUE READING

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