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Research volunteers needed: opioids in cancer pain

24 August 2015
Do you have a cancer patient with pain who is not taking a weak or strong opioid? Or are you that patient?
If so the palliative care research team based at the Hospice will see the patient the same day to discuss participation in a clinical trial (TVT trial) which compares using weak opioids (codeine/tramadol) versus strong opioids (morphine/oxycodone) for pain.

If the patient enters the trial they will:
  • Know what they are getting – study is open label
  • Be assessed daily for 20 days for pain and side effects
  • Get palliative medicine review
  • Remain as outpatients
  • Be discharged at study end unless ongoing symptom needs
Key eligibility criteria:
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Has a cancer diagnosis (including haematological malignancies
  • Average pain score 4 (on a scale of 0-10)
  • Has not received more than 2 PRN doses of opioids in the last 24 hours
To refer a patient call 07726 580 229 or email

We can only accept referrals for this research from patients within our catchment area of South Birmingham. However, if you live elsewhere and wish to be involved in clinical research, ask your doctor or nurse if there is a project local to you.