Pain and symptom management is an important component of palliative and end-of-life care. There are still some barriers for pain control and symptom management in palliative care and end-of-life despite developments in clinical research and wide recognition of this problem.
What are the barriers?2
From the patients’ side:
- misconceptions about pain and treatments
- fears and concerns about pain medication and side effects
- complexity of the symptom experience
- hesitance to report pain and symptoms.
From providers’ side:
- lack of knowledge and skills (analgesics, symptom interventions, side effects)
- time for pain and symptom management.
1. Chou CZ, Hopkins TJ, Badiola I, Gazelka HM, Gohil S, Kitt A, Luke WR, Vaughan CL, Jones CA, Varhabhatla N. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Interventional Pain and Procedures. J Palliat Med. 2020 Oct;23(10):1386-1391. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0487. Epub 2020 Aug 27. PMID: 32865443.
2. Wilkie, Diana J, and Miriam O Ezenwa. “Pain and symptom management in palliative care and at end of life.” Nursing outlook vol. 60,6 (2012): 357-64. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2012.08.002
At ConvaTec Infusion Care, we believe that more awareness around pain experienced by palliative care patients is an important part of reducing pain and improving care.
How can we reduce the barriers?
We want to provide you with more information and educational materials about the subcutaneous delivery route for pain management in palliative care.
We have created a dedicated page devoted to subcutaneous delivery route, where you can learn more about its use in palliative care and dive deeper into this topic by looking through the clinical literature available on the page.
Our subcutaneous infusion sets have been designed with patient-centred focus in mind
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