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Knowledge of morphine use in the management of pain in cancer patients among physicians in a resource-constraint setting

Abayomi Olusola Ayodapo, Ampitan Amoko, Adebayo Matthew Fashola, Olabisi Olamide Deji-Dada, Esther Opeyemi Ayodapo, Adefunke Christianah Omoyajowo, Kehinde Fasasi Monsudi, Tajudeen O Dele, Hope Abitare
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2021.0006
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Palliat Med Pract 2021;15(1):28-34.

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Abstract

Introduction: The use of morphine is viewed as an integral part of pain management in cancer patients. The
responsibility for pain treatment lies with physicians. Therefore, this study assessed the knowledge of clinical
use of morphine in the management of pain in cancer patients among physicians working in Kebbi
State, Nigeria.
Material and method: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to all the 110 participants in
attendance at the Continuing Medical Education meeting organized by the Nigerian Medical Association,
Kebbi State Branch. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.
Result: A total of 95 physicians participated, including 12 consultants (12.6%), 38 registrars (40.0%),
35 medical officers (36.8%), and 7 house officers (7.4%). Only 30 respondents (31.6%) had ever received
professional training on pain management or analgesic use. Overall, only 10 (10.5%) respondents had
good knowledge of pain management in cancer patients and morphine use.
Conclusion: Physicians knowledge of pain management in cancer patients and clinical use of morphine is
poor. There is a need to improve active professional analgesic education programs.

Abstract

Introduction: The use of morphine is viewed as an integral part of pain management in cancer patients. The
responsibility for pain treatment lies with physicians. Therefore, this study assessed the knowledge of clinical
use of morphine in the management of pain in cancer patients among physicians working in Kebbi
State, Nigeria.
Material and method: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to all the 110 participants in
attendance at the Continuing Medical Education meeting organized by the Nigerian Medical Association,
Kebbi State Branch. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.
Result: A total of 95 physicians participated, including 12 consultants (12.6%), 38 registrars (40.0%),
35 medical officers (36.8%), and 7 house officers (7.4%). Only 30 respondents (31.6%) had ever received
professional training on pain management or analgesic use. Overall, only 10 (10.5%) respondents had
good knowledge of pain management in cancer patients and morphine use.
Conclusion: Physicians knowledge of pain management in cancer patients and clinical use of morphine is
poor. There is a need to improve active professional analgesic education programs.

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Keywords

cancer, knowledge, morphine, medical doctors, pain, Nigeria

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Title

Knowledge of morphine use in the management of pain in cancer patients among physicians in a resource-constraint setting

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 15, No 1 (2021)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

28-34

Published online

2021-02-19

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2021.0006

Bibliographic record

Palliat Med Pract 2021;15(1):28-34.

Keywords

cancer
knowledge
morphine
medical doctors
pain
Nigeria

Authors

Abayomi Olusola Ayodapo
Ampitan Amoko
Adebayo Matthew Fashola
Olabisi Olamide Deji-Dada
Esther Opeyemi Ayodapo
Adefunke Christianah Omoyajowo
Kehinde Fasasi Monsudi
Tajudeen O Dele
Hope Abitare

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