Developing effective cancer pain education programs

Michelle Y. Martin, Maria Pisu, Elizabeth A. Kvale, Shelley A. Johns

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Pain is prevalent, burdensome, and undertreated in individuals with cancer across the disease trajectory. Providing patients and family caregivers with psychosocial support and education to manage cancer pain is a core component of quality care that can result in significant clinical benefit. In this review, we: (1) outline an approach for developing and assessing the effectiveness of education programs for adults with cancer pain; (2) discuss considerations for tailoring programs to the needs of diverse populations and those with limited health literacy skills; (3) describe the resource needs and costs of developing a program; (4) highlight innovative approaches to cancer pain education. We conclude with recommendations for future research and the next generation of educational interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-342
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Pain and Headache Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Education
  • Oncology
  • Pain management
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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