Homework Question on Pain Management
- ***Please answer all three questions*** This week we will begin to get you all thinking about your choice of a topic for your DNP Capstone Project. So with that in mind, each of you must post a response to the following questions.
- At this point, what do you think is going to be the topic area for your DNP Capstone Project? Think broadly to begin with, but know that what you put here does not mean you are absolutely wedded to it for life.
- What is one area, concept, subject, or content area related to your topic that you think you will need to do a literature search/review on?
- Finally, what (if any) theoretical framework or conceptual model do you think you might use in your work and one reason why? Again, you are just brainstorming here, so what framework or conceptual model have you worked with before or read about that you think might work.
Homework Answer on Pain Management
Pain management in terminally ill patients
Over half of terminally ill patients experience moderate to severe pain that is caused by the effects of the advancing illness, which adversely affects the patient’s quality of life and will to live (Weiss et al., 2001). When patients become terminally ill, there is increased depression and hopelessness, with the patients exhibiting increased desire for death to escape what they consider a miserable existence (Breitbart et al., 2000).
The raison d’être of medicine is to extend the life of patients within the bounds of medical best practice whenever possible, in addition to improving the patient’s emotional outlook. Most of the depression and hopelessness experienced by terminally ill patients is due to the incessant pain that they experience as they battle the illness. The pain experienced by these patients is not only due to the illness itself but also the medical procedures that they have to undergo to contain the illness, making pain management an essential ingredient in ameliorating the quality of life of these terminally ill patients.
Prostate cancer pain management
American men are affected by a number of cancers, but prostate cancer is the second most fatal cancer behind lung and bronchial cancer, while being the most common among American men (Olson & Pienta, 1999). Because of the high prevalence of prostate cancer amongst American men, it is necessary to determine the best pain management practices to help the thousands of men suffering from the cancer live a dignified life.