Oncology Essentials

Equianalgesic Dosing: Principles of Practice for the Care Team

Michele E. Gaguski

Tamara Karcheski

quality of life, opioid, pain management
CJON 2013, 17(1), 80-83. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.80-83

Opioids are the basis for managing cancer-related pain. Pain assessment and management are critical competencies for the clinical care team to improve quality of life for patients with cancer. Knowledge and application of evidence-based practice approaches to cancer pain relief, including the principles of equianalgesic dosing, opioid switching and rotation, and use of coanalgesics, can lead to improved patient outcomes.

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