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Vol 7, No 4 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-10-21
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Influence of achronic pain and its treatment on subjective assessment of quality of life in patients with advanced cancer disease

Iwona Repka, Jerzy Wordliczek
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(4):149-158.

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Vol 7, No 4 (2008)
Original articles
Published online: 2008-10-21

Abstract

Background. Appropriate clinical assessment of pain in cancer patients is a necessary requirement for establish an adequate pain management. Quality of life in the terminally ill cancer patients is used to measure as well as to show direction of operation of therapeutic group.
Material and methods. In the period from July 2006 to July 2007 in the Department of Chronic Pain Treatment, Palliative Care and Clinical Pharmacology of the Jagiellonian University Medical College a group of 34 patients in the terminal phase of cancer were analyzed. Intensity of experienced pain was measured with Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and Verbal Rating Scale (VRS). Fear, depression and aggression occurrence was measured with HADS - M scale. By the use of Rotterdam List general evaluation of quality of life and individual dimensions of quality of life.
Results. Statistically significant relation between cancer pain intensity level measured and individual dimensions of quality of life.
Conclusions. Our results confirmed the presence of warning a relation between intensity of pain and quality of life. They have called attention on problems of pain in a multi-directional manner and take many aspects into consideration, in order to improve care and quality of life.

Abstract

Background. Appropriate clinical assessment of pain in cancer patients is a necessary requirement for establish an adequate pain management. Quality of life in the terminally ill cancer patients is used to measure as well as to show direction of operation of therapeutic group.
Material and methods. In the period from July 2006 to July 2007 in the Department of Chronic Pain Treatment, Palliative Care and Clinical Pharmacology of the Jagiellonian University Medical College a group of 34 patients in the terminal phase of cancer were analyzed. Intensity of experienced pain was measured with Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and Verbal Rating Scale (VRS). Fear, depression and aggression occurrence was measured with HADS - M scale. By the use of Rotterdam List general evaluation of quality of life and individual dimensions of quality of life.
Results. Statistically significant relation between cancer pain intensity level measured and individual dimensions of quality of life.
Conclusions. Our results confirmed the presence of warning a relation between intensity of pain and quality of life. They have called attention on problems of pain in a multi-directional manner and take many aspects into consideration, in order to improve care and quality of life.
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Keywords

cancer pain; quality of life; cancer disease; palliative care

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Title

Influence of achronic pain and its treatment on subjective assessment of quality of life in patients with advanced cancer disease

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 4 (2008)

Pages

149-158

Published online

2008-10-21

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(4):149-158.

Keywords

cancer pain
quality of life
cancer disease
palliative care

Authors

Iwona Repka
Jerzy Wordliczek

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