Barriers to effective cancer pain management: A survey of hospitalized cancer patients in Australia

Yates, P.M., Edwards, H. E., Nash, R. E., Walsh, A. M., Fentiman, BJ, Skerman, H. M., McDowell, J. K. and Najman, J. M. (2002) Barriers to effective cancer pain management: A survey of hospitalized cancer patients in Australia. Journal of Pain And Symptom Management, 23 5: 393-405. doi:10.1016/S0885-3924(02)00387-1

Author Yates, P.M.
Edwards, H. E.
Nash, R. E.
Walsh, A. M.
Fentiman, BJ
Skerman, H. M.
McDowell, J. K.
Najman, J. M.
Title Barriers to effective cancer pain management: A survey of hospitalized cancer patients in Australia
Journal name Journal of Pain And Symptom Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0885-3924
ISBN 08885-3924
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0885-3924(02)00387-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 393
End page 405
Total pages 13
Editor R. K. Portenoy
M. Herleth
Place of publication USA
Publisher Elsevier Science
Language eng
Subject C1
321015 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
321103 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care)
730108 Cancer and related disorders
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine attitudinal barriers to effective pain management in a consecutively recruited cohort of 114 cancer patients from four Australian hospitals. When surveyed, 48% of this sample reported experiencing pain within the previous 24 hours. Of these, 56% reported this pain to be distressing, horrible or excruciating, with large proportions indicating that this pain had affected their movement, sleep and emotional well-being. Three factors were identified as potentially impacting on patients responses to pain-poor levels of patient knowledge about pain, low perceived control over pain, and a deficit in communication about pain. A trend for older patients to experience more severe pain was also identified. These older patients reported being more willing to tolerate pain and perceive less control over their pain. Suggestions are made for developing patient education programs and farther research using concepts drawn from broader social and behavioral models. J Pain Symptom Manage 2002:23:393-405. (C) U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee, 2002.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Medicine, General & Internal
Clinical Neurology
Cancer Pain
Patient Education
Postoperative Analgesia
Elderly People
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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