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Narcophobia: Part 2: The Solution

Acello, Barbara MS, RN; Bedard, Marcia PhD; Rickels, Charlotte MFA; Dack, Cheryl Ensom BA

Clinical Concerns: CE

In Part 1 of this article (see last issue), the problems and causes of narcophobia were explored based on an extensive literature search. By building on this increased awareness of how narcophobia affects your practice, this article outlines how you can intervene in the lives of your clients when narcophobia presents a barrier to quality care and adequate pain management.

Barbara Acello, MS, RN, is an independent nurse consultant and owner of Innovations in Health Care in Denton and El Paso, TX. Marcia Bedard, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus for California State University, Fresno, where Charlotte Rickels, MFA, is a lecturer in the English Department. Cheryl Ensom Dack, BA, is a Copy Writer for Gottschalk’s, Inc. ( Editor’s note:At the time the article was written, Cheryl and Charlotte were students).

Address for correspondence: Barbara Acello, MS, RN, 1807 North Elm, Suite 409, Denton, TX 76201; e-mail:

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