Nurse's knowledge about cancer pain: A survey of five countries

Margo McCaffery, Betty Rolling Ferrell

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Surveys of nurse's knowledge of cancer pain management were conducted in five countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, and the United States. The results reveal that, in all countries, serious knowledge deficits exist that could adversely affect the care of patients with cancer pain. It appears, however, that the longer a country has been engaged in efforts to educate health-care professionals and the public and to establish palliative care programs, the more likely are nurses from that country to posses correct information about cancer pain. Nevertheless, survey results in all countries strongly suggested the need to continue aggressive measures to educate nurses, who are the cornerstone of palliative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-369
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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