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An online learning module improves specialist palliative care nurses’ pain assessments and patient-reported pain
  1. Gunilla Borglin1,
  2. Doris Bohman2
  1. 1Faculty of Health and Society, Department of Care Science, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden;
  2. 2Department of Health, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Gunilla Borglin, Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, Department of Care Science, Malmö SE-205 06, Sweden; Gunilla.Borglin{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Adopting evidence-based learning theories for the development of tailored clinical educational programmes offers the potential of addressing evidence-practice gaps and impacting positively on patient-reported outcomes such as pain.

  • The effect of online learning interventions on nurses’ pain management skills for secondary outcomes, such as patients’ pain rating, need to be tested further by pragmatic randomised control trials.


Inadequate assessment has been identified as a factor contributing to unrelieved pain. This is especially true in specialist cancer and palliative care settings where pain is common.1 ,2 In Australia, services are expected to routinely assess pain …

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