Barriers to Pain Management among Cancer Patients in Critical Care Units from Patients' Perspectives

Document Type : Original Article


1 Nurses’ Training Coordinator in Mit Ghamr Oncology Center, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt.

2 faculty of nursing mansoura university

3 Critical Care and Emergency Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt


Background: Cancer patients suffering from pain especially those admitted to critical care units. Many barriers can
hinder cancer pain management. Identifying and managing such barriers will help to decrease some of the patients'
sufferings. Aim: This study aimed to identify barriers to pain management among cancer patients in critical care units
from patients' perspectives. Method: A descriptive research design was used with a sample of 150 critically ill cancer
patients from the critical care unit of Mit Ghamr Oncology Center. Pain Management Barriers Patients' Questionnaire
was used to collect data for this study. Results: The most perceived pain management barriers from patients’
perspectives were related to pain medication, patients, and hospital policy (Mean±SD 12.59±6.85, 13.52±6.43 &
3.24±2.25 respectively). Conclusion: Cancer patients face many barriers to pain management related to pain medication,
the patients, and hospital policy. Recommendations: There is a need for pain management policy in CCUs and
educational programs for cancer patients to help them to express their feelings and manage their pain.