The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients.

B. R. Ferrell, M. Grant, J. Chan, C. Ahn, B. A. Ferrell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

116 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of pain education on family members providing home care to elderly patients with cancer. DESIGN: Quasiexperimental. SETTING: Homes of selected patients from two California medical centers. SAMPLE: Fifty family caregivers of patients experiencing cancer-related pain. METHODS: The pain education program included three components: pain assessment, pharmacologic interventions, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Patients and their family caregivers were evaluated prior to initiation of the program and at one and three weeks following the interventions. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Quality of life (QOL); knowledge and attitudes about pain; and caregiver burden. FINDINGS: Findings based on measures of QOL and caregiver burden demonstrated the physical and psychological impact of family caregiving and pain management. Comparison between elderly patients with cancer and family caregivers revealed the pain experience's significant impact on family members caring for a loved one in pain. CONCLUSIONS: The pain education program was effective in improving knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Pain management is a priority for nurses, and use of interventions such as structured pain education improves QOL outcomes for elderly patients and their family caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1218
Number of pages8
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Volume22
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1995

Fingerprint

Caregivers
Education
Pain
Pain Management
Quality of Life
Pain Measurement
Home Care Services
Cancer Pain
Neoplasms
Nursing
Nurses
Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

Cite this

Ferrell, B. R., Grant, M., Chan, J., Ahn, C., & Ferrell, B. A. (1995). The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 22(8), 1211-1218.

The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients. / Ferrell, B. R.; Grant, M.; Chan, J.; Ahn, C.; Ferrell, B. A.

In: Oncology Nursing Forum, Vol. 22, No. 8, 09.1995, p. 1211-1218.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ferrell, BR, Grant, M, Chan, J, Ahn, C & Ferrell, BA 1995, 'The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients.', Oncology Nursing Forum, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1211-1218.
Ferrell, B. R. ; Grant, M. ; Chan, J. ; Ahn, C. ; Ferrell, B. A. / The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients. In: Oncology Nursing Forum. 1995 ; Vol. 22, No. 8. pp. 1211-1218.
@article{c36b697bf052416ab950a166ff31a1b9,
title = "The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients.",
abstract = "PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of pain education on family members providing home care to elderly patients with cancer. DESIGN: Quasiexperimental. SETTING: Homes of selected patients from two California medical centers. SAMPLE: Fifty family caregivers of patients experiencing cancer-related pain. METHODS: The pain education program included three components: pain assessment, pharmacologic interventions, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Patients and their family caregivers were evaluated prior to initiation of the program and at one and three weeks following the interventions. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Quality of life (QOL); knowledge and attitudes about pain; and caregiver burden. FINDINGS: Findings based on measures of QOL and caregiver burden demonstrated the physical and psychological impact of family caregiving and pain management. Comparison between elderly patients with cancer and family caregivers revealed the pain experience's significant impact on family members caring for a loved one in pain. CONCLUSIONS: The pain education program was effective in improving knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Pain management is a priority for nurses, and use of interventions such as structured pain education improves QOL outcomes for elderly patients and their family caregivers.",
author = "Ferrell, {B. R.} and M. Grant and J. Chan and C. Ahn and Ferrell, {B. A.}",
year = "1995",
month = "9",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "22",
pages = "1211--1218",
journal = "Oncology Nursing Forum",
issn = "0190-535X",
publisher = "Oncology Nursing Society",
number = "8",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The impact of cancer pain education on family caregivers of elderly patients.

AU - Ferrell, B. R.

AU - Grant, M.

AU - Chan, J.

AU - Ahn, C.

AU - Ferrell, B. A.

PY - 1995/9

Y1 - 1995/9

N2 - PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of pain education on family members providing home care to elderly patients with cancer. DESIGN: Quasiexperimental. SETTING: Homes of selected patients from two California medical centers. SAMPLE: Fifty family caregivers of patients experiencing cancer-related pain. METHODS: The pain education program included three components: pain assessment, pharmacologic interventions, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Patients and their family caregivers were evaluated prior to initiation of the program and at one and three weeks following the interventions. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Quality of life (QOL); knowledge and attitudes about pain; and caregiver burden. FINDINGS: Findings based on measures of QOL and caregiver burden demonstrated the physical and psychological impact of family caregiving and pain management. Comparison between elderly patients with cancer and family caregivers revealed the pain experience's significant impact on family members caring for a loved one in pain. CONCLUSIONS: The pain education program was effective in improving knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Pain management is a priority for nurses, and use of interventions such as structured pain education improves QOL outcomes for elderly patients and their family caregivers.

AB - PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of pain education on family members providing home care to elderly patients with cancer. DESIGN: Quasiexperimental. SETTING: Homes of selected patients from two California medical centers. SAMPLE: Fifty family caregivers of patients experiencing cancer-related pain. METHODS: The pain education program included three components: pain assessment, pharmacologic interventions, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Patients and their family caregivers were evaluated prior to initiation of the program and at one and three weeks following the interventions. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Quality of life (QOL); knowledge and attitudes about pain; and caregiver burden. FINDINGS: Findings based on measures of QOL and caregiver burden demonstrated the physical and psychological impact of family caregiving and pain management. Comparison between elderly patients with cancer and family caregivers revealed the pain experience's significant impact on family members caring for a loved one in pain. CONCLUSIONS: The pain education program was effective in improving knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Pain management is a priority for nurses, and use of interventions such as structured pain education improves QOL outcomes for elderly patients and their family caregivers.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0029363741&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0029363741&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 22

SP - 1211

EP - 1218

JO - Oncology Nursing Forum

JF - Oncology Nursing Forum

SN - 0190-535X

IS - 8

ER -