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.
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.
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