Development of the World Health Organization Guidelines on Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children

Title

Development of the World Health Organization Guidelines on Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children

Creator

McGrath PA

Publisher

Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management

Date

1996

Subject

Child; Practice Guidelines; Human; Neoplasms/complications; Pain/etiology/therapy; Palliative Care/methods; World Health Organization

Description

Assess pain regularly throughout the course of treatment. Follow the WHO Analgesic Ladder for selecting pain-relief drugs, that is, a stepwise approach to analgesic management, where a child's pain severity determines the level of analgesics. Use practical cognitive, behavioral, physical, and supportive therapies, combined with appropriate drug treatment. Administer adequate analgesics doses "by the clock," that is, at regular times, not PRN. Use oral routes for administering analgesics, and avoid painful routes of administration, whenever possible. Administer a sufficient analgesic dose to allow children to sleep throughout the night. Anticipate and treat side effects aggressively.
1996

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation

McGrath PA, “Development of the World Health Organization Guidelines on Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed February 5, 2023, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11631.

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