3 major barriers to use of low-dose opioids for breathlessness: what patients think

Lack of knowledge, misinformation, and social stigma about opioids are some of the major barriers to their effective use in managing severe chronic breathlessness, Australian research shows. An analysis of  interviews with 24 outpatients with chronic breathlessness due to COPD or chronic heart failure revealed four themes around the use of low-dose opioids: stigmatised attitudes ...

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