An Integrated Psychosocial- Spiritual Model for Cancer Pain Management
Version of Record online: 21 MAY 2002
Volume 10, Issue Supplement s1, pages s58–s65, May/June 2002
How to Cite
Otis-Green, S., Sherman, R., Perez, M. and Baird, R. (2002), An Integrated Psychosocial- Spiritual Model for Cancer Pain Management. Cancer Practice, 10: s58–s65. doi: 10.1046/j.1523-5394.10.s.1.13.x
- Issue online: 21 MAY 2002
- Version of Record online: 21 MAY 2002
- Cancer pain management;
- End of life;
- Existential suffering;
- Multidisciplinary care;
- Palliative care;
- Psychosocial support;
- Spiritual care
purpose: Cancer pain is known to be a multidimensional and complex experience that can cause severe suffering and can lessen quality of life. The psychosocial and spiritual aspects of cancer pain play an important role in this phenomenon. This article describes a multidisciplinary model for cancer pain management that focuses on the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of cancer pain and the needs of patients.
description of program: This multidisciplinary model has been organized to provide the most effective pain management to a variety of patients within a comprehensive cancer center. Our model includes multiple oncology mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, spiritual care providers, and psychiatrists. Each discipline provides a unique assessment and an evaluation of the needs of patients with cancer pain and their support system that is integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan. Regular collaboration occurs between disciplines to ensure that the patients receive optimal pain management.
clinical implications: This model provides a framework from which treatment interventions can be implemented. The emphasis on consistent collaboration between disciplines is a vital component in providing effective cancer pain management. This multidisciplinary psychosocial-spiritual model can be replicated, modified, or both, to become standard practice in other comprehensive cancer centers.