Guideline on Prescribing Opioids in Palliative Care (NICE Clinical Guideline CG140)

Summary

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued a clinical guideline on prescribing of strong opioids for pain in the palliative care of adults. This guideline covers first-line treatment for patients assessed as requiring pain relief at the third level of the WHO analgesic ladder. It does not cover second-line treatment to stronger opioid treatment.

Full Text Link (a)

Reference

NICE (2012). Opioids in palliative care: safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain in palliative care of adults. Manchester: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), May 2012. NICE Clinical Guideline CG140.

There is a separate costing report:

Full Text Link (b)

Reference

NICE (2012). Opioids in palliative care: costing report. Implementing NICE guidance. Manchester: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), May 2012. NICE Clinical Guideline 140. Excel spreadsheet: Costing template.

Here is the NHS Choices commentary:

Full Text Link (c)

Reference

Terminal-stage patients “need stronger pain relief”. London: NHS Choices (Behind the Headlines), May 23rd 2012.

Here is the BMJ summary practice guideline:

Full Text Link (d) (Access requires an Athens password or journal subscription). 

Reference

Bennett, MI. Graham, J. Schmidt-Hansen, M. [et al] (2012). Prescribing strong opioids for pain in adult palliative care: summary of NICE guidance. BMJ, May 23rd 2012; 344: e2806.

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