Journal Article

Clinicians' perceptions of opioid error–contributing factors in inpatient palliative care services: a qualitative study.

Heneka N; Bhattarai P; Shaw T; Rowett D; Lapkin S; Phillips JL.

This focus group study of Australian palliative care providers examined risk factors for opioid errors among palliative patients. They identified clinician inexperience, the drug preparation environment, and poor communication as contributory factors for medication errors. The authors conclude that multiple interventions will be needed to enhance opioid safety in palliative care.