The Minnesota Cancer Pain Project: Design, methods, and education strategies

T. E. Elliott, D. M. Murray, M. M. Oken, K. M. Johnson, B. A. Elliott, J. Post-White

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The Minnesota Cancer Pain Project (MCPP) is a community-based research project to test various innovative education strategies for improving cancer pain management (CPM) in Minnesota. The main hypothesis is that community- based, multidisciplinary and integrated education programs can improve CPM and change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding CPM in cancer patients, their families, and community physicians and nurses. The specific aim of the MCPP is to demonstrate effective methods to improve CPM in communities. The MCPP design is a randomized trial with before- and after- intervention assessments of cancer pain and CPM knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among cancer patients and their families, physicians, and nurses. The unit of randomization and study is the community, with six Minnesota communities participating in the MCPP. This paper describes the hypotheses, design, methods, and education strategies of the MCPP. Baseline data from the participating communities and the cancer patient sample are reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995


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