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Sufentanil for Palliative Pain Relief: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness and Guidelines

Published on: November 18, 2015
Project Number: RC0728-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

1.  What is the clinical effectiveness of sufentanil for relief of palliative pain?

2.  What is the cost-effectiveness of sufentanil for relief of palliative pain?

3.  What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the palliative use of sufentanil?

Key Message

One systematic review was identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of sufentanil for the relief of palliative pain. It identified one poor quality study suggesting that there is insufficient evidence to draw conclusions regarding the clinical effectiveness of sufentanil use in the context of palliative care. In addition, no cost-effectiveness analyses or current evidence-based guidelines were identified on this topic.

Tags

palliative care, sufentanil, anesthesia, palliative