Pain Control in Pediatric Patients with Cancer: Recognition and Treatment
Though pain is an integral aspect of the experience of most individuals with cancer, it is especially important in pediatrics. More than 50% of children with cancer experience some type of cancer-related pain. However, pain control in children becomes increasingly difficult as many of these patients cannot or will not report pain upon experiencing it. This synthesis paper explores psychosocial and physiological reactions related to inadequate pain control in children diagnosed with cancer. In addition it presents an illustration of the nurses' role with pain. It is the responsibility of the nurse to properly assess for pain in and implement the appropriate relief measures. Research published between 1991 and 2003, including seminal studies and other relevant literature were examined for this synthesis. Multidisciplinary research articles, books and expert opinions have been reviewed and synthesized to determine proper recognition and treatment of pain in pediatric patients with cancer. This synthesis will provide a foundation for improved nursing practice and will serve as an instructive guide to enhance comfort in children with cancer. It will present research needed to implement evidence based practice to prevent, recognize and manage cancer pain in children.
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Peterson, Janice Z.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic; Cancer in children; Cancer pain -- Treatment; Pain in children
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Bradley, April, "Pain Control in Pediatric Patients with Cancer: Recognition and Treatment" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 371.