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Study highlights cost of management of constipation in patients receiving opioids

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Date: 4/4/2010

A research group at Sir Michael Sobell House, a specilaist palliative care centre in Oxford have undertaken an evaluation of the burden of managing constipation for patients receiving opioid therapy within a inpatient palliative care unit. The study, coordinated by pH Associates, combined two research methodologies; a retrospective note review of the medical records to identify the prescribing patterns of laxatives and the tasks associated with managing constipation and a prospective time and motion study to understand the time and resources associated with these tasks.  The study provides interesting baseline data on which to compare the cost of new therapies as they come into clinical practice.   The full clinical paper is available in J Pain and Sympt Manage 2010;39:644-654

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