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Evaluation of knowledge of cancer pain management among medical practitioners in a low-resource setting.

Ogboli-Nwasor E, Makama J, Yusufu L - J Pain Res (2013)

Bottom Line: Information was obtained using a structured questionnaire, and the data were analyzed using SPSS (version 11.5).The response rate to the questionnaire was 82%, with an age range of 23 to 50 years (mean age, 34.9), and the majority of actual respondents, 55 (67%), were male.Concerning the type of analgesic commonly used for cancer patients, 43% used weak opioids, 32% used NSAIDs, and only 20% used strong opioids.

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Affiliation: Department of Anesthesia, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria, Nigeria;

ABSTRACT

Background: Several factors considered to be barriers to cancer pain management have been reported in the past. The knowledge of cancer pain management may be a hindrance to the proper assessment and treatment of pain in cancer patients.

Objective: This report presents an evaluation of the knowledge and practice of cancer pain management among medical practitioners in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria.

Methods: This report involves medical practitioners at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital who are directly involved in the management of cancer patients. Information was obtained using a structured questionnaire, and the data were analyzed using SPSS (version 11.5).

Results: The response rate to the questionnaire was 82%, with an age range of 23 to 50 years (mean age, 34.9), and the majority of actual respondents, 55 (67%), were male. Thirty-six (44%) strongly agreed that cancer patients require pain relief. Yet only 40% of the respondents routinely conducted pain assessments among cancer patients, while 51% only treated when patients complained of pain. Concerning the type of analgesic commonly used for cancer patients, 43% used weak opioids, 32% used NSAIDs, and only 20% used strong opioids. Seventy-five respondents (91.5%) had no formal training on pain management.

Conclusion: The knowledge of pain management for cancer patients among medical personnel at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital appears to be elementary. We recommend that formal training in the form of lectures, seminars, and workshops on cancer pain management should be part of continuing medical education in low-resource settings like the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.

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Mentions: Concerning the most commonly used treatment protocol for pain relief in cancer patients, the survey results revealed that 42 (51.2%) of the respondents treated for pain only when patients complained (Table 1). The types of analgesics commonly used for cancer patients were weak opioids, 38 (43.3%); non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), 26 (31.7%); and strong opioids, 16 (19.5%); while two (2.4%) of the respondents used other modalities (Figure 5). Concerning the action to be taken if the first attempt at treating cancer pain failed, 36 (43.9%) of the respondents would give stronger analgesics, 29 (35.4%) would combine stronger and mild analgesic, 14 (17.1%) would reassure the patient, and three (3.7%) would use a non-drug modality (Figure 6).


Evaluation of knowledge of cancer pain management among medical practitioners in a low-resource setting.

Ogboli-Nwasor E, Makama J, Yusufu L - J Pain Res (2013)

Action to be taken when the first attempt at pain management fails.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f6-jpr-6-071: Action to be taken when the first attempt at pain management fails.
Mentions: Concerning the most commonly used treatment protocol for pain relief in cancer patients, the survey results revealed that 42 (51.2%) of the respondents treated for pain only when patients complained (Table 1). The types of analgesics commonly used for cancer patients were weak opioids, 38 (43.3%); non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), 26 (31.7%); and strong opioids, 16 (19.5%); while two (2.4%) of the respondents used other modalities (Figure 5). Concerning the action to be taken if the first attempt at treating cancer pain failed, 36 (43.9%) of the respondents would give stronger analgesics, 29 (35.4%) would combine stronger and mild analgesic, 14 (17.1%) would reassure the patient, and three (3.7%) would use a non-drug modality (Figure 6).

Bottom Line: Information was obtained using a structured questionnaire, and the data were analyzed using SPSS (version 11.5).The response rate to the questionnaire was 82%, with an age range of 23 to 50 years (mean age, 34.9), and the majority of actual respondents, 55 (67%), were male.Concerning the type of analgesic commonly used for cancer patients, 43% used weak opioids, 32% used NSAIDs, and only 20% used strong opioids.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Anesthesia, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria, Nigeria;

ABSTRACT

Background: Several factors considered to be barriers to cancer pain management have been reported in the past. The knowledge of cancer pain management may be a hindrance to the proper assessment and treatment of pain in cancer patients.

Objective: This report presents an evaluation of the knowledge and practice of cancer pain management among medical practitioners in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria.

Methods: This report involves medical practitioners at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital who are directly involved in the management of cancer patients. Information was obtained using a structured questionnaire, and the data were analyzed using SPSS (version 11.5).

Results: The response rate to the questionnaire was 82%, with an age range of 23 to 50 years (mean age, 34.9), and the majority of actual respondents, 55 (67%), were male. Thirty-six (44%) strongly agreed that cancer patients require pain relief. Yet only 40% of the respondents routinely conducted pain assessments among cancer patients, while 51% only treated when patients complained of pain. Concerning the type of analgesic commonly used for cancer patients, 43% used weak opioids, 32% used NSAIDs, and only 20% used strong opioids. Seventy-five respondents (91.5%) had no formal training on pain management.

Conclusion: The knowledge of pain management for cancer patients among medical personnel at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital appears to be elementary. We recommend that formal training in the form of lectures, seminars, and workshops on cancer pain management should be part of continuing medical education in low-resource settings like the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus