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Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cancer pain management in adults are now available for public consultation.
The guidelines were developed by a team led by the Chair of the National Pain Summit's Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Working Group, Dr Melanie Lovell, in collaboration with ImPaCCT NSW (the NSW Cancer Institute funded Palliative Care Clincial Trials Collaborative).
The guidelines include recommendations based on patient-centred care, for screening, assessment, education, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management strategies.
Upon releasing the guidelines for public comment, palliative care physician Dr Lovell said, "The process to improve cancer pain management for Australians living with cancer is complex and requires interventions at multiple levels.
"Implementation of the guidelines will involve assessment of barriers and facilitators in each setting, education for health professionals with spaced education, education for patients with patient-held clinical pathways and audit tools at each site."
Covering the patient journey from diagnosis to treatment, the guidelines will systematise the way in which health professionals and patients manage pain, leading to better outcomes for cancer patients. These guidelines are also relevant for health professional working with Indigenous patients.
The guidelines will be piloted in the first six months of next year, before being rolled out Australia-wide. Public comment will be open until 11 January 2013.