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National survey of drug use in palliative care

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Drummond, S and Peterson, GM and Galloway, J and Keefe, P, National survey of drug use in palliative care, Palliative Medicine, 10, (2) pp. 119-124. ISSN 0269-2163 (1996) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 1996 SAGE Publications

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DOI: doi:10.1177/026921639601000206

Abstract

The objective was to compile data on therapeutic approaches employed in palliative care in Australia, including practices relating to combining drugs in syringe drivers for administration by subcutaneous infusion. A questionnaire, with a reply-paid envelope, was sent to 130 teaching hospitals and palliative care services throughout Australia. Ninety-six responses were received (74% response rate). Drugs commonly administered in palliative care included oral morphine (97% of respondents), subcutaneous morphine (76%), oral metoclopramide (82%), subcutaneous metoclopramide (41%), oral dexamethasone (70%), oral haloperidol (50%), subcutaneous haloperidol (43%), oral prochlorperazine (47%), oral codeine (38%) and subcutaneous midazolam (36%). Drugs frequently combined in syringe drivers for subcutaneous infusion included morphine plus metoclopramide (67%), morphine plus midazolam (66%), and all three of these drugs (35%). Only 48% of the palliative care services had a policy on combining drugs in syringe drivers for administration by subcutaneous infusion and 34% had an upper limit on the number of drugs combined in syringe drivers. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents had encountered problems (e.g. incompatibilities) when combining drugs in syringe drivers for administration by subcutaneous infusion. This study has revealed considerable variation in the practice of therapeutics and the combining of drugs in syringe drivers for administration by subcutaneous infusion in palliative care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:drug utilisation prescriptions drug palliative treatment
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Field:Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:7497
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-06-02
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