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Nurses are forced to make difficult decisions when presented with patients who are experiencing pain. Ethical dilemmas can also arise around issues such over-medication, under-medication, and opioid side effects to name a few. It is important to gain an understanding of how nurses make these decisions so that more insight can be gained into the factors influencing those decision making processes.
Author of Tool:
Ferrell, B. R., Eberts, M. T., McCaffery, M., Grant, M.
Ferrell, B. R., Eberts, M. T., McCaffery, M., Grant, M. (1991). Clinical decision making and pain. Cancer Nurs. 1991 Dec;14(6):289-97.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Clinical Decision Making Survey (CDMS) is a 14-item survey. Its purpose is to obtain information from nurses relating to their decision making processes when they are dealing with patients who are experiencing pain.