Adequate pain relief is important in non-malignant conditions

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.281 (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:281
  1. Lesley A M Northcote, Retired consultant physician
  1. in the care of the elderly. East Purlands, Dashwood Lane, Bicknoller, Taunton TA4 4EQ

    EDITOR—All doctors must recognise the importance of adequate pain relief for non-malignant conditions,1 to which exactly the same principles apply as in the relief of malignant pain. There seems to be widespread reluctance to treat non-malignant pain with opiates, and yet surely pain is pain and deserves treating; this means giving whatever dose of whatever analgesic is required to relieve it.

    There is no reason to withhold opiates if milder …

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