An overview of pharmacology and acute pain: part one
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An overview of pharmacology and acute pain: part one

Felicia Cox Senior nurse in pain management, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, London

This two-part article, the fourth in a series on pain, explores the four main divisions of pharmacology: pharmacodynamics–what the medicine does to the body; pharmacokinetics–what the body does to the medicine; pharmacoeconomics–the cost and benefit ratio compared to other treatments; and pharmacovigilance–a medicine’s safety profile. Part two, which will published next week, will explore the main categories of analgesic medicines.

Nursing Standard. 25, 4,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.09.25.4.35.c7999

Correspondence

f.cox@rbht.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review