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Pain assessement and management in surgical cancer patients: pilot and evaluation of a continuing education program.

Francke, A.L., Huijer-Abu Saad, H., Grypdonck, M. Pain assessement and management in surgical cancer patients: pilot and evaluation of a continuing education program. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing: 1995, 26(5), 214-218
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In a pilot study, a continuing education program on pain assessment and management was implemented and evaluated. Questionnaires were completed by the nurse participants at the beginning, the end, and 2 months after the end of the pilot program. After the pilot program, participants reported having engaged in qualitatively improved psychosocial pain-reducing interventions. Findings from the pilot study were used to develop a definitive program and questionnaires of a larger intervention study. This article illustrates the usefulness of initially conducting research on a small-scale basis. (aut. ref.)