Opiophobia – patient and family
List of some reasons why patients and their families may be afraid of opioid therapy.
- 'That means I’m going to die soon'
- 'Nothing left for when the pain gets worse'
- 'I'll become an addict'
- 'I'm allergic to morphine'
- 'The morphine didn’t work'
no instructions for breakthrough pain
ignoring the psychosocial factors
- 'I couldn't take the morphine'
somnolence, confusion, nausea, constipation
All can be resolved with explanation and counseling.
Woodruff R. Palliative medicine evidence-based symptomatic and supportive care for patients with advanced cancer. Fourth edition. Oxford University Press, 2004. (p. 107)