In the midst of the current opioid epidemic, pain management is taking center stage in many healthcare settings, and oncology is no different. It is crucial that patients have their pain – both acute and chronic – managed, while avoiding the potential of drug misuse. Add in barriers to care and other roadblocks, and things become even trickier.
The good news is that oncology nurses can help by educating patients on proper opioid use, and advocating that they seek physical and occupational therapy as well. Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, director of the Cancer Pain Program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, discusses all that and more in this month’s podcast.
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