Developing effective cancer pain education programs

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Pain is prevalent, burdensome, and undertreated in individuals with cancer across the disease trajectory. Providing patients and family caregivers with psychosocial support and education to manage cancer pain is a core component of quality care that can result in significant clinical benefit. In this review, we: (1) outline an approach for developing and assessing the effectiveness of education programs for adults with cancer pain; (2) discuss considerations for tailoring programs to the needs of diverse populations and those with limited health literacy skills; (3) describe the resource needs and costs of developing a program; (4) highlight innovative approaches to cancer pain education. We conclude with recommendations for future research and the next generation of educational interventions. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012.
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    Author List

  • Martin MY; Pisu M; Kvale EA; Johns SA
  • Start Page

  • 332
  • End Page

  • 342
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 4