Pain beliefs and pain management of oncology patients

Cohen, Emma, Botti, Mari, Hanna, Barbara, Leach, Sarah, Boyd, Sam and Robbins, Jennifer 2008, Pain beliefs and pain management of oncology patients, Cancer nursing: an international journal for cancer care, vol. 31, no. 2, March - April, pp. E1-E8.

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Title Pain beliefs and pain management of oncology patients
Author(s) Cohen, Emma
Botti, Mari
Hanna, Barbara
Leach, Sarah
Boyd, Sam
Robbins, Jennifer
Journal name Cancer nursing: an international journal for cancer care
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Season March - April
Start page E1
End page E8
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Baltimore, Md.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0162-220X
1538-9804
Keyword(s) nalgesics
cancer pain
pain
pain management
patient attitudes
Summary Cancer pain is estimated to occur in 30% to 70% of patients with early-stage cancer and 60% to 95% with advanced cancer. Current research shows that cancer pain continues to be undertreated despite the availability of analgesics and established guidelines to maximize their effectiveness. The purpose of this study was to describe oncology patients' pain experience during an episode of hospitalization with particular emphasis on exploring the relationship between oncology patients' beliefs about pain and the treatment they received. Consecutive patients (n = 126) were interviewed 48 hours after admission to an urban and a regional hospital in Australia; 47.6% of patients had experienced moderate to severe pain in the previous 24 hours but had only received 40.4% of available analgesic. Patients held varying beliefs about pain and pain treatments in particular, 41% held strong beliefs about the potential for addiction to narcotics. Patients who held this belief reported higher current pain, worst pain intensity, and higher average pain intensity in the previous 24 hours. Effective pain management in the inpatient oncology setting continues to be an important clinical issue, and patients do not receive all available pain treatment. There may be an important association between patients' beliefs about pain and pain management and the pain management they receive.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017464

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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