Nurses’ Ability to Assess and Manage Pain Symptom in Advanced Cancer Patients

  • Sumran Juejan โรงพยาบาลจุฬาภรณ์
  • Prangtip Ucharattana คณะพยาบาลศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยรังสิต
  • Paparwarin Wangdi คณะพยาบาลศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยรังสิต
  • Ratree Thongyu คณะพยาบาลศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยรังสิต
Keywords: nurses’ ability, symptom assessment, symptom management, pain, advanced cancer


This comparative descriptive research aimed to study nurses’ perceived ability to assess and manage pain symptom in advanced cancer patients and to compare nurses’ ability to assess and manage pain symptom according to their personal factors. The sample consisted of 85 professional nurses who cared for hospitalized cancer patients in Chulabhorn Hospital. Personal data record forms and nurses’ perceived ability to assess and manage pain symptom in advanced cancer patient questionnaires were used in data collection. Data were analyzed using Independent t-test / Mann-Whiney U test and One-way ANOVA / Kruskal Wallis.

              The results revealed that nurses perceived their knowledge, practice abilities and overall abilities to assess and manage pain symptom in advanced cancer patients at moderate levels. Nurses who graduated master degree perceived their practice and overall ability higher than those who graduated bachelor degree (p<.05). Trained nurses for advanced cancer patient perceived their overall abilities higher than those non trained. (p<.05). Nurses with more than 5 years’ experience in advanced cancer patients perceived their practice abilities higher than those with less than 2 years’ experience (p<.05).  

              This study recommends the training courses for developing nurses’ ability in pain assessment and management in advanced cancer patients and emphasis on alternative pain management as well as supporting R2R research to assess and manage pain in variety forms.


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