The Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (KASRP)

Author of Tool: 

Ferrell, B. & McCaffery, M.

Key references: 

“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,
1(3): 79-87

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (KASRP) is a 37-item questionnaire. It contains 21 true or false questions and 16 multiple choice ones. Its purpose is to measure the attitudes and knowledge of caregivers on the subject of pain. It is particularly useful as a pre/post test measure and can be used to rate learning outcomes following educational programs on pain.

Background: 

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.

Psychometrics: 

The psychometric properties of the Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (KASRP) are discussed in the introduction to the scale which is attached below.

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