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Narcophobia: Part 1: Defining the Problem

Acello, Barbara MS, RN; Bedard, Marcia PhD; Rickels, Charlotte MFA; Dack, Cheryl Ensom BA

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Narcophobia is the irrational fear of using narcotic medications to treat chronic pain. Patients, families, and healthcare professionals can experience this fear. Based on an extensive literature review, this article explores whether patients with chronic pain are adequately medicated and, if not, why. Narcophobia and other barriers often prevent adequate pain management even in hospice and home care. Look for Part 2, “What You Can Do,” in the March issue.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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