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Caring for the patient with substance use disorder at the end of life 

Caring for the patient with substance use disorder at the end of life
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Caring for the patient with substance use disorder at the end of life
Author(s):

Kenneth L. Kirsh

, Peggy Compton

, Kathy Egan-City

, and Steven D. Passik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0042
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date: 12 November 2018

Identifying addiction in patients with advanced disease is not an easy task, and old conceptions of addiction such as tolerance and dependence need to be reexamined. Patients with advanced disease and comorbid addiction are difficult to manage but can be successfully treated with careful documentation and planning. The patient with advanced disease and comorbid addiction has two diseases that need treatment: one of drug addiction and one of chronic pain.

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