Journal article

End-of-life care in illicit drug users: mapping medication use.

Phoebe Ulrick, Stacey Panozzo, David Marco, Anna Collins, Jennifer Philip

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | BMJ | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While clinical wisdom has long provided suggested guidance around caring for people who use illicit drugs (referred to as PWUD) at the end of life, there is striking paucity of empirical evidence underpinning these practices. Understanding medications and doses required to manage symptoms at the end of life is essential to provide effective end-of-life care for these patients. This study aimed to examine the type and dose of medications prescribed to hospitalised patients who use illicit drugs at the end of life, compared with patients without previous or current illicit drug use. METHOD: A retrospective medical record review was conducted on consecutive patient deaths between 20..

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