Advanced cancer patients able to state their own pain goals
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MedWire News: Advanced cancer patients are successfully able to express their desired level of pain relief on a scale of 1–10, indicating that personalized pain goals could be a novel target for pain treatment response, say researchers.
Personalized pain goals respect what is acknowledged to be the gold standard in assessing pain intensity; patient self-report, adds the team, and the study findings indicate that personalized pain goals are a reliable measure since they remained stable over time.
“Pain is among the most frequent, feared, and burdensome of symptoms in cancer patients and negatively impacts quality of life,” explain Shalini Dalal (The University of Texas MD Anderson Center, Houston, USA) and colleagues.
They remark that the definition of a meaningful improvement in pain is lacking, but that research has shown that good communication between healthcare teams and patients, along with patient involvement in pain management, are related to greater patient satisfaction.
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