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Pain Management in Cancer Patients Who Are Registered in Public Health Centers

보건소 등록 재가암환자가 지각하는 통증관리와 통증관리 방해 정도

  • Choi, So-Young (College of Nursing, Gyeong-Sang National University, Institute of Health Science) ;
  • Chang, Kyung-Oh (Department of Health Promotion, Jinju City Public Health Center) ;
  • Park, Myoung-Nam (College of Nursing, Gyeong-Sang National University) ;
  • Ryu, Eun-Jung (Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University)
  • 최소영 (경상대학교 간호대학 건강과학연구원 간호학과) ;
  • 장경오 (진주시 보건소) ;
  • 박명남 (경상대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 류은정 (중앙대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2011.09.22
  • Accepted : 2012.01.18
  • Published : 2012.02.29

Abstract

Purpose: This study was designed to describe outcomes of pain management, to identify pain intensity, pain management and barriers to pain management, and to test correlation among the variables in cancer patients who are registered in public health centers. Methods: By using a descriptive survey design, 3 instruments were used to collect data: the Numeric Rating Scale for pain, the Barriers Questionnaire-Korean version, and a one-item self-report tool about patient satisfaction. A sample of 190 patients with cancer was recruited from a public health center. Results: The mean rating for pain during the past 24 hours was mild and the mean score of barriers to pain management was 3.20. Patients were satisfied with pain management but they also had concerns it. A negative correlation was found among pain severity, pain relief and satisfaction of pain management. However, there was not significant correlation between the patient-related barriers to pain management and other variables. Conclusion: These results suggest that the intervention for cancer patients should focus not only on patient-related barriers to pain management, but also address health-care system related barriers.

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