Opioids in advanced lung malignancy: A clinical audit of opioid prescription, patient education and safeguarding.
Nagtha Anil, Natasha Smallwood, Sadie Dunn
Intern Med J | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Opioids have an important role in symptom management for people with advanced cancer. Clinical guidelines recommend patient education to ensure the safe use of opioids, however, no Australian studies have explored current education and safeguarding practices when opioids are initiated to advanced cancer patients. AIMS: To investigate risk assessment, safeguarding and education practices when opioids are first prescribed to advanced lung cancer patients METHODS: A retrospective medical record audit of outpatients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer seen at a tertiary Australian hospital between 1/1/2015 - 31/12/2019 and prescribed strong opioids for cancer-related symptoms. R..View full abstract