World Health Organisation
Publication Date: January 1, 1996
Pain management guidance with a focus on pharmacologic intervention. Topics addressed include: causes of pain; evaluation of pain; treatment strategy; use of analgesics; choice of analgesic, including nonopioid analgesics, opioid analgesics, drugs for neuropathic pain, and adjuvant drugs; and opioid availability, including impediments to cancer pain relief, the World Health Organisation strategy, difficulties obtaining opioids, the participants in the drug distribution chain, the drug distribution system, national estimates of medical need for opioids, communication between health personnel and regulators, obtaining a supply of opioids, the reporting system, assessment of whether the international system is working, regulation of healthcare workers, drug abuse vs patient need, and suggested guidelines for regulation of health professionals.
Keywords: HIV - Quality of Life