WHAT'S IN THIS WEBSITE

This web site is intended as a resource for use by various educators regarding cancer pain. In it, the team presents

WHAT IS CAPER?

A twenty-eight member interdisciplinary team designed The Cancer Pain Education Resource (CAPER) World Wide Web site. It was developed by the Cancer Education Module for the Management of Pain (CEMMP) program which is funded by the National Cancer Institute (Grant R25 CA65005, funded from 1996-2000). The CEMMP program developed, implemented, and is evaluating a portable cancer pain education component for medical, nursing and residency training curricula. The CEMMP team is interdisciplinary including renowned pain and cancer specialists and a team of academic clinicians from both medicine and nursing, biological scientists, social scientists, library scientists, pharmacists, and others. The CEMMP team collaborated to develop this program in response to the many studies that confirm the inability of medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and nursing students to provide appropriate cancer pain management, in part due to limited educational opportunities in professional education. Two medical and three nursing schools are participating in the CEMMP program.

THE CEMMP CURRICULUM

The curriculum includes cancer pain assessment; the pathophysiology of cancer pain; pharmacological and non/pharmacological management; pain management through collaborative care; cultural diversity in the expression of pain and receptivity to treatments; the role of the family in effective pain management; and pain management under managed care. The objective of the program was to identify the optimal educational contexts, formats and timing for transfer of knowledge to practice. Materials and teaching methods have been developed for all years of professional physician and nurse education.

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