Is this the main reason palliative patients hurt?
A review of reported medication errors involving opioids in palliative care shows underdosing is rife and probably the main reason patients experience pain.
In a paper that looked at opioid errors in three inpatient palliative care services in metropolitan NSW over a two-year period, more than half of the errors (57%) involved patients receiving a lower dose of pain relief than ordered, requiring clinical intervention in one-third of cases.
Most errors involved morphine (35%) or hydromorphone (29%).
“Opioid administration errors accounted for 76% of