How Is Patient-Controlled Analgesia Best Used to Control Pain?

Ankita Mehta, Mollie A. Biewald

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Control of pain is associated with improved patient outcomes. Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) empowers patients who are appropriate candidates to take control of their pain management, eliminates treatment delays, and is well received by patients and clinicians. Patients who have the ability to identify that they are in pain and activate a demand dose have been shown to safely and effectively use PCA as a treatment modality. PCA use has a role in a variety of clinical scenarios, including postoperative pain and cancer-related pain, and therefore knowledge of PCA prescribing is an important skill in the palliative care provider’s toolkit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Practice of Palliative Medicine, Second Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323847025
ISBN (Print)9780323847032
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • PCA
  • opioid
  • pain management
  • patient-controlled analgesia


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