Cancer pain in jordan: Prevalence and adequacy of treatment

Mohammad Al Qadire, Ahmad Tubaishat, Ma'en M. Aljezawi

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Background: Despite the introduction of numerous guidelines and pharmacological interventions to manage cancer pain, poor assessment and under-medication remain common. Aim: To estimate the prevalence of cancer pain and the adequacy of its management in Jordan. Method: A convenience sample of 162 cancer patients from two hospitals participated in a cross-sectional survey using an Arabic version of the Brief Pain Inventory-short form (BPI). Results: 73.3% of the patients had pain severe enough to merit rating on the BPI. The mean of the worst pain scores in the past 24 hours was high at 7.5 out of 10 (standard deviation (SD) 2.7). 31% of patients with pain had not been treated for their pain, and the mean Pain Management Index score was -1.20 (SD 1.0). Conclusion: These cancer patients were experiencing high levels of pain, which was undertreated. Providing adequate pain management is a priority, hence more education, training, and resources are needed in Jordan to reduce cancer patients' suffering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adequacy
  • Adult
  • Cancer pain
  • Jordan
  • Pain management
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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