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SECTION I SYMPTON MANAGEMENT
1 How should opioids be started and titrated in routine outpatient settings?
2 How should opioids be started and titrated in hospital or inpatient settings?
3 How should patient-controlled analgesia be used in patients with serious illness and those experiencing postoperative pain?
4 How should opioids be used to manage pain emergencies?
5 What principles should guide oral, transcutaneous, and intravenous opioid dose conversions?
6 Which opioids are safest and most effective in renal failure?
7 How should methadone be started and titrated in opioid naïve and opioid-tolerant patients?
8 What special considerations should guide the safe use of methadone?
9 When should corticosteroids be used to manage pain?
10 When should nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs be used to manage pain?
11 What is Neuropathic Pain? How do opoids and nonopoids compare for neuropathic pain management?
12 Should bisphosphonates be used routinely to manage pain and skeletal complications in cancer?
13 Should bisphosphonates be used routinely to manage pain and skeletal complications in other conditions?
14 When should radiotherapy be considered for pain management and what principles should guide the consideration of limited-fraction versus full-dose radiotherapy?
15 When should radiopharmaceuticals be considered for pain management?
16 What principles should guide the prescribing of opioids for non-cancer-related pain?
17 What approaches should be used to minimize opioid diversion and abuse in palliative care?
18 When should epidural or intrathecal opioid infusions and pumps be considered for pain management?
19 When should nerve blocks be used for pain management?
20 What interventions are effective for managing dyspnea in cancer?
21 What is t