Audit of Nausea and Vomiting Management in Palliative Care Hospital Patients

C.L. Burgess, P.H.R. Tuffin, Rhonda Clifford

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    Aim: To investigate prescribing patterns of antiemetics for palliative care hospital patients and to compare them with best practice guidelines. Method: A retrospective audit of nausea and vomiting management was undertaken for 70 patients referred to the hospital Palliative Care Service. Results: 19 patients presented with uncontrolled nausea and/or vomiting. An antiemetic was prescribed for 43 (61%) patients, with dopamine antagonists the most commonly prescribed. Patients taking regular antiemetics had better symptom control compared to patients taking prn (when required) doses. The 5- hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor antagonists were prescribed in accordance with best practice guidelines in only one-quarter of cases. Conclusion: In the majority of cases, antiemetics were prescribed according to best practice guidelines. Regular antiemetics (rather than prn) provide better symptom management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)306-309
    JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
    Volume37
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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