Medication in the last days of life for motor neuron disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  title={Medication in the last days of life for motor neuron disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.},
  author={David Oliver and Colin F Campbell and Tony O'brien and Richard Sloan and Nigel Sykes and Carol Tallon and Jane Taylor-Horan and Mayen Udoma},
  journal={Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis : official publication of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases},
  volume={11 6},
Our objective was to study the use of opioid and other medication at the end of life for patients with ALS/MND under specialist palliative care. A retrospective study looked at the medication received by 62 patients with MND/ALS in the last 72 h of life in six hospices in the UK and Ireland. Medication is widely used in the last 24 h of life, and use of the parenteral route increases as death approaches. We found that the doses of opioids and other medication do not increase appreciably during… CONTINUE READING

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