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Barriers to cancer pain management: Jordanian nurses’ perspectives

School of Nursing, Al Al-Bayait University, Mafraq, Jordan.
International journal of palliative nursing 11/2012; 18(11):535-6, 538-40. DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2012.18.11.535
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ABSTRACT

Adequate management of cancer pain is a human right. However, cancer pain is still not well medicated, and some of the barriers to achieving relief are related to nursing. Identifying these barriers would help the development of interventions to improve pain management.
To explore barriers to cancer pain management among Jordanian nurses.
A convenience sample of 96 nurses from 3 hospitals participated in a cross-sectional survey using an Arabic translation of Ward and colleagues' barriers questionnaire II.
The nurses expressed high levels of barriers on the questionnaire, with a mean score of 2.5 for the questionnaire as a whole (standard deviation (SD) 0.8).The harmful and physiological effects of medications subscales received the highest mean scores: 2.7 (SD 1.1) and 2.6 (SD 0.9) respectively.
Many nursing-related barriers to cancer pain management were found.These barriers need to be addressed and eliminated, for example through education and training.

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    • "These barriers then may unintentionally hinder the effective management of pain through such things as the availability of opioid drugs, lack of national policy, and hospital regulations that impede the nurses' performance. [5] [10] [12] Little research has been undertaken in exploring the organisational barriers to effective pain management and certainly none undertaken in Saudi Arabia. Nurses working with patients diagnosed with cancer have a vital role in the decision-making process regarding pain management . "

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    • "For example, healthcare providers (physicians and nurses mainly) erroneously believe that taking narcotics means addiction in cancer patients (Edrington et al., 2009, Finley et al., 2008, David et al., 2003, Beck, 2000). Further, nurses in Jordan have been found to have a weak knowledge of pharmacological pain treatment (e.g., correct dosage, duration of effect, drug rotation), the preferred rout of administration, and fear of addiction (Al Qadire & Al Khalaileh, 2012). Fear of addiction is a cultural fear that is prevalent among in the wider public as well as among healthcare workers. "

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