Action learning : an effective intervention to improve cancer related pain management

Kasasbeh, M. A. M. and McCabe, C. and Payne, Sheila Alison (2017) Action learning : an effective intervention to improve cancer related pain management. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26 (21-22). pp. 3430-3441. ISSN 0962-1067

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Purpose To evaluate the efficacy of action learning for improving cancer related pain management in the acute healthcare settings. Despite the prevalent use of action learning in private, public, clinical and non-clinical settings, no studies were found in the literature that either examined cancer pain management or used action learning as an approach to improve patient care in acute healthcare settings. Methods An intervention pre – posttest design was adopted using an action learning programme (ALP) as the intervention. Healthcare professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and practice were assessed and evaluated before and after the implementation of the six-month ALP. A pre and post audit and survey were conducted for data collection. The data were collected from the entire population of 170 healthcare professionals in one healthcare organisation. Results The management of cancer related pain improved significantly following the intervention. Significant improvement were also seen in healthcare professionals’ knowledge, attitudes with improved cancer related pain management as a consequence of this. Conclusion Despite many organisational challenges to practice development and collaborative working in healthcare settings there is evidence that action learning can achieve positive outcomes for improving CRP and supporting collaborative working. Action learning needs to be considered as a strategy for achieving high quality standards.

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Journal of Clinical Nursing
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kasasbeh, M. A. M., McCabe, C. and Payne, S. (2017), Action learning: an effective way to improve cancer-related pain management. J Clin Nurs, 26: 3430–3441. doi:10.1111/jocn.13709 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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