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Home Care Nurses’ Perceptions of Control Over Cancer Pain

Vallerand, April Hazard PhD, RN; Anthony, Maureen MSN, CS, NP; Saunders, Mitzi M. MSN, NP, APRN, BC

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Abstract

This qualitative study examined home care nurses’ perceptions of control over cancer pain. Four major themes emerged: Being heard, feeling invisible in the pain management process; not knowing, a need for pain education; control through advocacy; and patient-related barriers to optimal pain management. This study documents the need for continued education in pain management and communication skills for home care nurses.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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