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Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient 

Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient
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Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient
Author(s):

Karen Forbes

and Colette Reid

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199218806.003.0005
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date: 01 June 2020

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