Patient-centred care

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Author(s): Australian Adult Cancer Pain Management Working Group

Patient-centred care

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PCC1. Routinely establish a multidisciplinary team approach to pain management that involves allied care health professionals and primary care health professionals according to the person’s pain management needs and preferences. (SIGN)
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PCC2. Adopt a person-centred approach to pain management (NICE), which involves:
  • taking into account the patient’s needs and preferences
  • enabling the person to make informed decisions about their care and treatment
  • providing culturally appropriate care and information
  • involving the person’s partner, carer or family in treatment decisions, if the person wishes.

Note A resource kit is available from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing to assist with providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples


National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Guideline Development Group. Opioids in palliative care: safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain in palliative care of adults. NICE clinical guideline 140. Manchester: NICE; 2012. Available from:

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Control of pain in adults with cancer. A national clinical guideline [Version amended 18 July 2011] Edinburgh: SIGN; 2008. Available from: