Institutional patterns of symptomatic medication in hospitalized patients with advanced cancer Journal Article


Authors: Panico, K.; Manfredi, P.
Article Title: Institutional patterns of symptomatic medication in hospitalized patients with advanced cancer
Abstract: Although standards for palliative treatment of cancer patients at end of life are available, their use is perceived to vary among institutions depending on the prevailing philosophy of care. In this retrospective study, we reviewed the treatment of dying cancer patients receiving intravenous morphine transferred from a cancer center to a palliative care hospital. We recorded the dose of morphine and the use of other palliative medications, including adjuvant analgesic drugs. Although morphine doses tended to decrease after the transfer, the use of palliative medications was similar in the two institutions.
Keywords: adult; aged; aged, 80 and over; middle aged; retrospective studies; review; advanced cancer; drug dose reduction; comparative study; neoplasm; neoplasms; cancer palliative therapy; palliative care; pain; opiate; palliative therapy; steroid; cancer pain; retrospective study; cancer mortality; hospital; hospitals; hospitalization; paracetamol; nonsteroid antiinflammatory agent; antidepressant agent; neuroleptic agent; antiemetic agent; symptomatology; morphine; analgesics; anticonvulsive agent; drug utilization; analgesia; hospice; analgesic agent; benzodiazepine; psychostimulant agent; megestrol; hospices; cancer; humans; human; male; female; article; symptom management
Journal Title: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1049-9091
Publisher: Sage Publications  
Date Published: 2004-03-01
Start Page: 134
End Page: 136
Language: English
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 15055514
DOI: 10.1177/104990910402100212
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Notes: Am. J. Hospice Palliative Med. -- Cited By (since 1996):1 -- Export Date: 16 June 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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