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Changes in Palliative Care and Pain Management 

11-20-2012

The management of palliative pain for patients with terminal diseases is a multifaceted process that requires the frequent adjustment of both medications for pain itself, e.g., opioids, and for comorbid conditions, e.g., cancer, depression, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.(1) Clinicians must learn to manage complex combinations of medications in patients whose health is continuously in decline, a reality that brings to light psychosocial and family dynamics. Furthermore, in order to ensure that treatments are appropriately selected, consideration must be given to the potential for neurotoxicity, as well as to the type of pain occurring in each individual patient.

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