Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.
How one trust identified that patients might benefit from a glycated haemoglobin blood test
This article looks at a study set out to establish the feasibility of a referral pathway
Insights into ways complementary therapists could play a useful role in new models of care
Unmet spiritual needs can lead to distress and further aggravate a diagnosis of cancer
This audit provides a snapshot of the issues faced by patients with a rare form of cancer
Ensuring the right concentration of saline could reduce risk of pain during administration
Methods of communication have become less personal and more reliant on technology
The psychological effects of active surveillance and how nurses can support patients
Views of patients and family members about commonly used patient-reported outcome measures
It is critical that healthcare providers meet the informational needs of this population
Nurses and other health professionals are expected to ask patients about sexual orientation
Despite recent attention to pain assessment and management, cancer pain remains a significant clinical problem worldwide. A total of 38% of cancer patients experience moderate to severe pain that is unresponsive to conventional analgesia and may benefit from additional pain interventions. With expert management, for most people with cancer, pain can be treated effectively with conventional pharmacological approaches, however a minority find either that analgesic management strategies provide suboptimal pain relief or cause excessive side effects. This article describes how collaborative working between a specialist palliative care team and acute pain service can help provide the most effective pain relief for this group of patients. The article uses a case study to describe how the teams work with the wider multidisciplinary cancer team to provide coordinated support and pain management for patients and their families.