Knowledge and Beliefs about Chronic Non Cancer Pain Management for Family Medicine Group Nurses

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Abstract

To provide effective care for chronic pain sufferers, nurses must have a knowledge of chronic pain management. In Quebec, nurses working in Family Medicine Groups (FMGs) could play a major role in helping patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP); however, the extent of their knowledge about CNCP management is unknown. The primary goal of this study was to explore the knowledge and beliefs of FMG nurses about CNCP management. The secondary goal was to explore the obstacles seen by these nurses as preventing them from performing CNCP management. We used a mixed-methods design with quantitative preponderance. Fifty-three FMG nurses answered a self-administered mail-in questionnaire. A rigorous data collection method was used. FMG nurses have suboptimal knowledge about CNCP management. They identify their lack of training and lack of knowledge as major obstacles to conducting pain management interventions. There is a need for pain management training specifically designed around the realities of FMG nursing.

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