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GarcÃa-Toyos, N., Escudero-Carretero, M. J., Sanz-Amores, R., Hoyos, J. G., Melchor-RodrÃguez, J., & Tamayo-VelÃ¡zquez, M. (2014). Preferences of Caregivers and Patients Regarding Opioid Analgesic Use in Terminal Care. Pain Medicine,15(4),577-587. doi:10.1111/pme.12376 The research in this article wanted to identify the preferences of patients and caregivers of opioid use. The researchers conducted a qualitative study by interviewing participants. The study found that participants had misconceptions regarding opioid use for terminal illness such as addiction, premature death as well as the uses for the medications. The study also found that decisions were made mostly by reporting symptoms rather than before. The researchers concluded that the participants were interested in receiving more information, so they could havemore participation in decision making. The participants stated they had a lack of information about the effects of end of life medications.This study proves to be informative to this writer’s query. The study concludes that education can be useful prior to the need for symptom management. The study reinforces the idea that early education about pain medications such as morphine, can assist patients and caregivers to make informed decisions about comfort care, therefore leading to better quality of life.
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