Patient and family caregiver perspectives

Betty R. Ferrell

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4 Scopus citations


The introduction of any new analgesic agent or delivery system is often focused on efficacy of the agent or on considerations of use by health care professionals. Introduction ofnovelpain technologies should also consider the ultimate recipients of the treatments, ie, patients and family caregivers at home. This article reviews four frequently ignored issues in the integration of new pain treatments. These are 1) recognizing that pain is managed by patients and family caregivers at home; 2) acknowledging patient and family caregivers' knowledge and beliefs about pain; 3) recognizing cost considerations; and 4) identifying common ethical dilemmas in managing pain at home. Attention to these considerations will ensure optimum pain relief and support of patients and their family caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - May 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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