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2019 Jun

Pain Manag Nurs



How Theory Can Help Facilitate Implementing Relaxation as a Complementary Pain Management Approach.


Eaton LH, Hulett JP, Langford DJ, Doorenbos AZ
Pain Manag Nurs. 2019 Jun; 20(3):207-213.
PMID: 31097374.


Complementary therapies provide cancer survivors and clinicians with options for managing chronic pain. Recent published clinical guidelines and research findings support the use of relaxation therapy for managing chronic pain in cancer survivors. However, translating research findings into clinical practice remains a challenge. Using theory to guide implementation of a new practice can increase the likelihood of successful adoption. This article uses relaxation therapy for cancer survivors to describe how clinicians could use Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation Theory and the related Collaborative Research Utilization Model to implement a complementary therapy and ensure that it becomes standard practice.