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Cagle JG, Zimmerman S, Cohen LW
EMPOWER: an intervention to address barriers to pain management in hospice.
The researchers tested the preliminary efficacy of the Effective Management of Pain: Overcoming Worries to Enable Relief (EMPOWER) intervention. At two weeks, caregivers in the intervention group reported better knowledge about pain management, fewer concerns about pain and pain medications, lower patient pain over the past week, and trended toward improvement in most other areas under study. EMPOWER had a greater effect for black subjects vs. whites on reducing concern about stigma. At three months, the intervention group trended better on most study outcomes. The researchers concluded that EMPOWER is a promising model to reduce barriers to pain management in hospice.
Citation: Cagle JG, Zimmerman S, Cohen LW . EMPOWER: an intervention to address barriers to pain management in hospice. J Pain Symptom Manage 2015 Jan;49(1):1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.05.007.
Keywords: Care Management, Caregiving, Comparative Effectiveness, Education: Patient and Caregiver, Medication, Pain, Palliative Care