The use of acupuncture in cancer pain management

  • Hui Ying Koh
  • John Costello

Abstract

Effective cancer pain control is a significant issue which remains as an ongoing challenge in the Singapore’s healthcare sector. The primary aim of this paper is to consider the efficacy of implementing acupuncture as a cancer pain management strategy, working alongside conventional cancer pain treatments. This article not only reviews the current provision for cancer pain management in Singapore, but also describes the purpose and advantages of using acupuncture as a pain management tool. Additionally, this article also serves as a proposal and explores the challenges in the implementation of acupuncture through an Oncology-Based Acupuncture Clinic (OBAC) within a hospital in Singapore for the treatment of cancer pain. A popular quality improvement tool known as the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle will be adopted to enable a systematic approach to assess and evaluate the impact of the OBAC.

Abstract

Effective cancer pain control is a significant issue which remains as an ongoing challenge in the Singapore’s healthcare sector. The primary aim of this paper is to consider the efficacy of implementing acupuncture as a cancer pain management strategy, working alongside conventional cancer pain treatments. This article not only reviews the current provision for cancer pain management in Singapore, but also describes the purpose and advantages of using acupuncture as a pain management tool. Additionally, this article also serves as a proposal and explores the challenges in the implementation of acupuncture through an Oncology-Based Acupuncture Clinic (OBAC) within a hospital in Singapore for the treatment of cancer pain. A popular quality improvement tool known as the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle will be adopted to enable a systematic approach to assess and evaluate the impact of the OBAC.

Published
2018-02-21
How to Cite
KOH, Hui Ying; COSTELLO, John. The use of acupuncture in cancer pain management. GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, feb. 2018. ISSN 2345-7198. Available at: <http://dl6.globalstf.org/index.php/jnhc/article/view/1303>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2019.