Physician Knowledge and Attitudes About Cancer Pain Management: A Survey From the Minnesota Cancer Pain Project
Elliott, Thomas E.
Murray, David M.
Elliott, Barbara A.
Oken, Martin M.
Johnson, Karen M.
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 1995 Oct; 10(7): 494-504.
The purposes of the study were to determine the knowledge and attitudes about cancer pain management (CPM) among practicing physicians in six Minnesota communities and to determine the physician-related barriers to optimal CPM. Eligible community physicians were surveyed by telephone. The study analyzed responses of 145 physicians (response rate, 87%). The majority of the physicians were primary care specialists (73%). Significant knowledge deficits were identified in nine of 14 CPM principles, but inappropriate attitudes were found in only two of nine CPM concepts. Medical specialty had the strongest influence on knowledge and attitudes, with primary care physicians having significantly better outcomes than surgeons or medical subspecialists. Effective education strategies must address knowledge deficits, attitudes, and motivations of the relevant peer group influencing physicians, as well as those of individual physicians. The Minnesota Cancer Pain Project is testing strategies to enhance CPM by physicians and improve patient outcomes.
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Physician Knowledge and Attitudes About Cancer Pain Management: A Survey From the Minnesota Cancer Pain Project Elliott, Thomas E.; Murray, David M.; Elliott, Barbara A.; Braun, Barbara; Oken, Martin M.; Johnson, Karen M.; Post-White, Janice; Lichtblau, Leonard (1995-10)