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Table 2 Percentage of correct responses to items on knowledge of cancer pain management (CPM) among physicians (n = 109)

From: Physicians’ knowledge, perceived barriers, and practices regarding cancer pain management: a cross-sectional study from Palestine


Number (%), N = 109

“You should differentiable certain cause of pain which needs specific treatment (i.e. cord compression)” (T)

105 (96.3)

“The IV route for opioid administration has the fastest onset of action” (T)

86 (78.9)

“Prescribing a few different types of NSAIDs will increase the analgesic efficacy and decreased adverse effect” (F)

74 (67.9)

“You should not trust patient’s subjective reports of pain” (F)

67 (61.5)

“For painful bone metastasis, radiotherapy can alleviate the pain or help to reduce the amount of analgesics” (T)

59 (54.1)

“Refractory cancer pain rarely occurs with an incidence that does not exceed 5%” (F)

51 (46.8)

“Celiac plexus block is effective for treating cancer pain at upper abdomen” (T)

47 (43.1)

“The effect of immediate release oral opioid can be assessed at 1 h after administration” (T)

45 (41.3)

“Pethidine can be prescribed for chronic cancer pain safely” (F)

35 (32.1)

“Tolerance for opioid-induced sedation develops within a few days” (T)

35 (32.1)

“Opioid-induced respiratory suppression is common” (F)

33 (30.3)

“Opioid analgesics do not have a ceiling effect” (T)

15 (13.8)

“Opioid rescue dose equals 25% of the basal daily requirement of opioid” (F)

13 (11.9)

“Opioid analgesics have a high risk of addiction” (F)

11 (10.1)

  1. aQuestions were adapted from Jho et al. [5]