[PDF] Improving analgesic use to support pain management at the end of life

Source:
British Medical Association - BMA
Publisher:
British Medical Association (BMA)
Publication date:
01 March 2017

Abstract

This briefing paper specifically considers the need to improve analgesic use to support pain management at the end of life. It sets out a range of recommendations for governments, policy makers and healthcare professionals, with the aim of promoting adequate access to analgesia for patients at the end of life. Although there has been an overall increase in the prescribing of opioid analgesics in recent years, there are separate and distinct issues surrounding the potential overuse of analgesics in patients suffering from chronic pain – these concerns are explored as part of a related BMA briefing paper Chronic pain – supporting safer analgesic prescribing.