Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: International Internet Focus Group Discussions

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150197
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Presentation
Title:
Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: International Internet Focus Group Discussions
Abstract:
Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: International Internet Focus Group Discussions
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Im, Eun-Ok
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Title:Assistant Professor
Despite systematic efforts for standardization of cancer pain assessment and management, inaccuracy of pain assessment and inadequacy of pain management have been frequently reported. Recently, gender and ethnic differences in pain descriptions were indicated as one of major inhibiting factors to accurate cancer pain assessment. For accurate assessment and subsequent adequate management of cancer pain, development of a knowledge base on gender and ethnic differences in pain descriptions and computer program to assist decision making about cancer pain reported by women from diverse cultural groups (WDCG) is imperative. The purpose of the study is to develop and validate a Decision Support Computer Program (DSCP) that assists nurses' decision making about cancer pain reported by WDCG. Feminist approach and fuzzy logic were used to guide the research process as a theoretical background. This study consisted of three phases: (a) data collection; (b) development of the DSCP; and (c) validation of the DSCP. Only the first phase will be presented in this paper. During the first phase of data collection, three to five nursing schools in 17 countries were contacted through Web sites, and a total of 22 faculty members who were self-identified experts in oncology nursing was recruited. When the contacted nursing experts agreed to participate in the project, they were asked to visit the home-page of this project, join in the project, get a copy of the information sheet that provided general information on this project, and answer 11 sociodemographic questions about themselves. Then, they were asked to join in the e-mail list of this project. The 11 topics for the Internet focus group discussions were posted on the home-page. Then, the participants received one topic per week (11 topics for 11 weeks) through e-mail, and asked to discuss the topics through e-mail. All participants received all the e-mails that were sent by the researchers and other participants. At the end of the 11th week, the participants were asked to add topics that they wanted to discuss with other participants, and the added topics were discussed for the next five weeks. Then, the data were divided into quantitative and qualitative, and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, and content analysis. The findings indicated similarities and differences in cancer pain descriptions across gender and culture. In addition, practical issues in conducting Internet survey and International e-mail focus group discussions were also indicated. The findings strongly suggest that cancer pain assessment should incorporate cultural competence as a major component.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCancer Pain Assessment and Management: International Internet Focus Group Discussionsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150197-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: International Internet Focus Group Discussions</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Im, Eun-Ok</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">eoim@uwm.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Despite systematic efforts for standardization of cancer pain assessment and management, inaccuracy of pain assessment and inadequacy of pain management have been frequently reported. Recently, gender and ethnic differences in pain descriptions were indicated as one of major inhibiting factors to accurate cancer pain assessment. For accurate assessment and subsequent adequate management of cancer pain, development of a knowledge base on gender and ethnic differences in pain descriptions and computer program to assist decision making about cancer pain reported by women from diverse cultural groups (WDCG) is imperative. The purpose of the study is to develop and validate a Decision Support Computer Program (DSCP) that assists nurses' decision making about cancer pain reported by WDCG. Feminist approach and fuzzy logic were used to guide the research process as a theoretical background. This study consisted of three phases: (a) data collection; (b) development of the DSCP; and (c) validation of the DSCP. Only the first phase will be presented in this paper. During the first phase of data collection, three to five nursing schools in 17 countries were contacted through Web sites, and a total of 22 faculty members who were self-identified experts in oncology nursing was recruited. When the contacted nursing experts agreed to participate in the project, they were asked to visit the home-page of this project, join in the project, get a copy of the information sheet that provided general information on this project, and answer 11 sociodemographic questions about themselves. Then, they were asked to join in the e-mail list of this project. The 11 topics for the Internet focus group discussions were posted on the home-page. Then, the participants received one topic per week (11 topics for 11 weeks) through e-mail, and asked to discuss the topics through e-mail. All participants received all the e-mails that were sent by the researchers and other participants. At the end of the 11th week, the participants were asked to add topics that they wanted to discuss with other participants, and the added topics were discussed for the next five weeks. Then, the data were divided into quantitative and qualitative, and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, and content analysis. The findings indicated similarities and differences in cancer pain descriptions across gender and culture. In addition, practical issues in conducting Internet survey and International e-mail focus group discussions were also indicated. The findings strongly suggest that cancer pain assessment should incorporate cultural competence as a major component.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:18:43Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:18:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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