“Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain” developed by Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN
and Margo McCaffery, RN, MS, FAAN, (http://prc.coh.org), revised 2012.
Ferrell, B. R. (2007). Reducing barriers to pain assessment and management: An institutional
perspective. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 10(1S), S15-S18. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2007.9828.
McCaffery, M., Ferrell, B. R., Pasero, C. (2000). Nurses' personal opinions about patients' pain and
their effect on recorded assessments and titration of opioid doses. Pain Management Nursing,
Primary use / Purpose:
Chronic pain is a debilitating and often incurable problem for many. Palliative care-givers also routinely meet the need for effective treatment of pain in terminally ill patients. Effective care-giving is important in ensuring the wellbeing of these patients. Without sufficient training caregivers will struggle to meet the demands of dealing with chronic pain patients. The Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (KASRP) is therefore a useful tool for specifically evaluating the knowledge of caregivers on the subject of pain.
The psychometric properties of the Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (KASRP) are discussed in the introduction to the scale which is attached below.