What are nurses’ views on why people with cancer choose to adhere or not adhere to their pain medication?
The aim of this research proposal is to gain an understanding of nurses’ views on the reasons why a person with cancer would choose to adhere or not adhere to their pain medication. Current literature suggests there are a variety of reasons that would influence a person with cancer’s decision on whether to adhere or not adhere to their pain medication. However, there is limited evidence on what the views are of the nurses who care for these patients. By investigating the views of these nurses, it can be determined whether further education is required in order to allow nurses to influence the approaches adopted around communication, administration and support for people with cancer adhering to their pain medication. Over a seven-month period, the researcher will adopt the approaches guided by the naturalistic paradigm by interviewing nurses to gain qualitative data on their thoughts, opinions and experiences of this issue. Nurses’ who have worked for at least one year in the oncology department of a large teaching hospital in Edinburgh will be invited to participate in this study. It is anticipated that 12-15 participants will be interviewed to reach data saturation. Findings will highlight whether there is a need for further education or investigation into this topic. It is anticipated that the findings of this proposal will provide evidence into reasons why a patient with cancer may not adhere to their pain medication, and from this determine whether further education is needed in order to provide communication, administration and support for people with cancer. Additionally, the findings may contribute to a future decrease in reports of cancer related pain in the chosen area. Keywords: Research, Nurses, Influences, Cancer, Pain, Understanding, Awareness