Journal article

Opioids and driving: education gaps in advanced cancer.

Nagtha Anil, Natasha Smallwood, Sadie Dunn

BMJ Support Palliat Care | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Opioids may impair the ability to drive safely, particularly when first prescribed or with dose titration. We investigated whether clinicians evaluate driving status and provide opioid-related driving advice when initiating opioids among people with advanced lung cancer. METHODS: A retrospective medical record review of outpatients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer seen at an Australian tertiary referral centre between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2019 was undertaken to determine frequency of opioid prescription and documentation of driving status and education regarding driving safety while taking opioids. RESULTS: Of 1022 patients screened, 205 were commenced on opioid..

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