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Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture 2021

The changing landscape of pain management in palliative care:
Long term opioid therapy?

The Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London.

This year’s lecture will be given by Professor Per Sjøgren, Professor in Palliative Medicine in Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. 

In his lecture Professor Sjøgren will consider the complex issue of distorted patterns of global opioid availability and accessibility, the need for a balanced approach to opioid treatment, and the need to adapt palliative care opioid guidelines to reflect changing trajectories of cancer diseases and pain management in non-cancer. Public information and training of healthcare professionals are necessary to ensure safe management and evidence-based prescribing of opioid analgesics in cancer and non-cancer.


The 2021 lecture will be given online by Professor Per Sjøgren.

Professor Sjøgren is a Danish medical doctor and Professor in Palliative Medicine in Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. His scientific interests in palliative medicine and pain management cover management of chronic cancer and non-cancer pain, symptom aetiology, epidemiology and treatment outcomes, opioid pharmacology and consumption and long-term treatment consequences.

Professor Sjøgren is an author and co-author of c. 300 peer reviewed scientific articles and books/book chapters in palliative medicine and pain management. He is also a former chair of the Danish Society of Palliative Medicine and vice-president of European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and current member of the Danish Society of Palliative Medicine and International Scientific Expert Panel (ISEPof Cicely Saunders Institute.


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Practical information

The Annual Lecture is free and CPD approved (1 point) by the Royal College of Physicians.

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Registration deadline: December 8th 2021.