Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence
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Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence

Ian Hamilton Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England
Gerri Kaufman Senior lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England

There is little doubt that opiates have transformed healthcare, particularly in relation to pain management. However, many patients prescribed this type of drug develop problems such as dependency. Although we do not know how many older people have developed such problems due to opiate use we know that some will. It is important for nurses to understand the context in which opiates are used, as well as the specific needs of older people and how to respond to them.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1100

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Correspondence

ian.hamilton@york.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Hamilton I, Kaufman G (2019) Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1100

Published online: 03 April 2019