Morphine use in cancer care: A survey of attitudes and perceptions in general practice patients

Morphine is widely prescribed for patients with cancer, however perceptions such as fear, addiction and associations with death have been cited as potential barriers to its use. This study used a 30 item survey, distributed throughout general practices in Victoria, to further explore the beliefs and attitudes that exist in the patient population. Results showed that participants were predominantly neutral on questions regarding the effect of morphine on the duration of life. Morphine was seen to be prescribed responsibly (73.5%) even though most respondents perceived its potential for addiction (69.7%). Participants who had experience of morphine use had more negative perceptions regarding its efficacy. This study may provide guidance for clinical consultations, identifying diverse views surrounding morphine use, especially those positive associations that support its ongoing place in cancer care. Read the full article here.
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