Medicinal Cannabis in the Treatment of Palliative Care Patients in Australia

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 06 April 2021
This article reviews the evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of symptoms experienced by palliative care patients.

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“Explore the use of cannabis in quality of life issues”

Course Content

This article reviews the evidence that supports the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of symptoms experienced by palliative care patients.

What it brings to our attention, is that doing research in a palliative care setting is particularly difficult, due to the emotive circumstances surrounding the care of these patients.

Whilst these challenges are many, it is still important to conduct trials on products to be used in palliative care, especially those that are meant to improve the quality of life during end-of-life care.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Consider the evidence of using plant-based cannabis preparations in chronic neuropathic pain, and in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Review the impact of cannabis use on pain, body weight, appetite, nausea and vomiting, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and mood
  • Explore the use of cannabis in quality of life issues
  • Address the tension between patient autonomy and the underlying therapeutic principle to ‘do no harm’
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