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A qualitative investigation of the roles and perspectives of older patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers in managing pain in the home.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC palliative care
Publication Date
Volume
13
Pages
39–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1472-684X-13-39
PMID: 25140119
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The findings support other studies in identifying knowledge and attitudinal barriers to pain control; while adding to the literature by highlighting practical and relational barriers faced by older patients and their family caregivers. Health care professionals can do much to address the barriers identified by: correcting misconceptions regarding cancer pain, facilitating the communication of pain within dyads, and ensuring that patients and family caregivers have the knowledge, skills, and ability to assess and implement pain treatment strategies. This support needs to be individually tailored to meet the ongoing needs of both members of the dyad so that the shared goals of pain management are accomplished.

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