Outcomes of pain education in community home care

Betty R. Ferrell, Gloria Juarez, Tami Bomeman, Anna Ter Veer

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PURPOSE. To evaluate the impact of a patient education program in a home care setting. METHODS. Using an experimental design, 149 patients with cancer were evaluated using preand postintervention measures of outcomes related to pain management. FINDINGS. Structured pain education yielded enhanced knowledge and attitudes about pain, quality of life, and pain management. CONCLUSIONS. Routine pain education can be successfully incorporated into practice; however, there are many challenges within the current home care environment to optimum integration of pain education in home care. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE. Hospice and palliative nurses can provide leadership in extending knowledge of pain management and end-of-life care into home care agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Cancer pain
  • Cancer pain education
  • Family caregivers
  • Pain management
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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