The purposes of this study were to (1) examine the knowledge regarding cancer pain management of nurses, (2) analyze the incorrect knowledge regarding cancer pain management, and (3) compare the knowledge level regarding cancer pain management of nurses in each unit. A cross-sectional survey with structured questionnaires including Ferrell's "Nurses Knowledge and Attitude Survey" and "Background Information Form" was used among four hospitals in Northern Taiwan. 725 subjects were recruited. The response rate was 98.1%. The results indicated that: (1) Nurses had insufficient knowledge of pain management, especially in opioid analgesics. The range of correct response rate was from 7.2% to 87.9% on 37 questions. The average correct response rate was 47.6%. (2) In general, nurses supposed that patients had over-reported their pain. Nurses also worried about patients' possible drug addiction and side effect of narcotic analgesic. (3) Nurses had different knowledge level of pain management in each unit. According to the results of this study, to include cancer pain management training, narcotic analgesic treatment, narcotic side effect and addiction signs in clinical education were recommended. The case study should also be arranged to increase nurses' ability for clinical cancer pain management.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2002|
- Cancer pain
- Pain management
- Knowledge of pain