Is this the main reason palliative patients hurt?

Underdosing is rife, according to an Australia study

A review of reported medication errors involving opioids in palliative care shows underdosing is rife and probably the main reason patients experience pain.

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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

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