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Pain Management Skills for Minority Breast Cancer Patients.

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Annual rept. 15 Aug 94-14 Aug 95,

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Approximately 60 of outpatients with metastatic breast cancer have pain and one-third have pain that restrict their ability to function. Compared with middle class patients those from underserved populations are three times as likely to be undermedicated with analgesics Over 60 of African-American and over 80 of Hispanic patients get inadequate analgesic prescriptions. They have typical concerns that limit their reporting of pain and their use of analgesics. We are assessing the needs of minority breast cancer outpatients for information and skills needed to manage pain. In Phase II we will develop multi-media education and training materials that are linguistically and culturally appropriate for Hispanic and African-American populations. To accomplish these tasks we have a formed a network of three urban public hospitals that treat these patients and b established a multi-disciplinary team to meet project goals. We will evaluate the effectiveness of this training program in a randomized, controlled clinical trial for minority outpatients with metastatic breast cancer and disease-related pain. If this program is effective, it can easily be introduced by other care centers where these patients are treated.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

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