CONTROLLING PAIN: Six myths about opioid use
Chris Patterson RN, MSN

November 2008 
Volume 38  Number 11
Pages 60 - 61
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Patterson, Chris RN, MSN

Issue: Volume 38(11), November 2008, p 60–61 Publication Type: [Department: … & more: CONTROLLING PAIN] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Chris Patterson is a nursing instructor at Muskegon (Mich.) Community College.

MORE THAN 76 MILLION Americans have chronic pain, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That's more than all Americans with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. 1 Although opioids remain the gold standard for managing moderate to severe pain, many myths and misconceptions about opioid use continue to raise barriers to optimal pain control. In this article, I'll debunk six common myths (see Reject these myths, too … for some other misconceptions.).

Myth 1: Nurses usually provide adequate medication for pain control.

Research says otherwise. When physicians prescribe a dose range for analgesia, most nurses tend to give the lower doses, even though undertreating acute pain can hinder patient ...

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