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.c7999Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review