The Clinical Decision Making Survey (CDMS)

Background:

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.

Key references:

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.

Files:

The Clinical Decision Making Survey (CDMS)