Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 332–342

Developing Effective Cancer Pain Education Programs

  • Michelle Y. Martin
  • Maria Pisu
  • Elizabeth A. Kvale
  • Shelley A. Johns
Cancer Pain (DA Marcus, Section editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-012-0269-8

Cite this article as:
Martin, M.Y., Pisu, M., Kvale, E.A. et al. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2012) 16: 332. doi:10.1007/s11916-012-0269-8

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.

Keywords

Pain Education Cancer Oncology Pain management Symptoms 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Y. Martin
    • 1
  • Maria Pisu
    • 2
  • Elizabeth A. Kvale
    • 3
  • Shelley A. Johns
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative CareUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Indiana University School of NursingIndianapolisUSA

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