Opioid-taking self-efficacy amongst Taiwanese outpatients with cancer
Goals The purpose of this study was to describe the level
of opioid-taking self-efficacy amongst Taiwanese outpatients
with cancer pain, and to examine the associations
between various demographic and medical characteristics
and opioid-taking self-efficacy.
Materials and methods This was a cross-sectional study.
Ninety-two outpatients who had taken prescribed opioid
analgesics for cancer related pain in the past 1week
completed the Opioid-Taking Self-Efficacy Scale-CA
(OTSES-CA). Details of the medical characteristics were
obtained from the patients’ medical record.
Main results Results show patients in this study were
moderately confident of being able to perform many of the
key tasks associated with effective opioid-taking. However,
for many key behaviours relating to tailoring medication
regimens, acquiring help and managing treatment-related concerns, only around one third to slightly more than two
fifths reported high confidence. Individuals with lower
levels of education and who were experiencing more side
effects from opioids reported lower confidence in taking
Conclusions The results of this study suggest it is important
to understand how patients perceive their ability to perform
key tasks associated with effective opioid-taking, to
effectively tailor educational and supportive interventions.
Patients with lower levels of education and with side effects
of opioids may be at risk of lower self-efficacy, requiring
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||See also 1st author thesis of same title.|
|Keywords:||Self-efficacy, Confidence, Opioids, Cancer, Pain management|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Deposited On:||22 May 2009 08:57|
|Last Modified:||21 Jan 2013 13:42|
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