Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 77–86

Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Pain- A Study in Indian Population Using European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer(EORTC) Questionnaire

  • Arfat Waheed
  • Shakura Bhat
  • Abdul Hameed
  • Velayat Nabi


Quality of life in chronic pain Health-related quality of life was compared in patients of chronic pain with that of general population.We designed this study as a prospective, observational trial in a tertiary care centre. Quality of life was measured using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30). The EORTC QLQ-C30 is a valid alternative to the SF-36 in the assessment of QOL in patients with chronic pain especially when a broader assessment of symptoms is desired. All participants completed a set of questionnaires on demographic variables, cause, pain intensity (VAS) and quality of life (EORTC qlq c30). A total of two hundred participants were enrolled including 100 patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain was defined as one which is persisting beyond 3 months. The study revealed significantly decreased quality of life in patients with chronic pain as compared to general population (p < 0.001). Patients with chronic pain had significantly decreased score in Physical functioning, Role functioning, emotional and social functioning on functional scales and increased scores of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances and financial difficulties on symptom scales. The study revealed sex-related differences on the QoL with females having a lower global QOL. It is thus concluded that patients with chronic pain especially females have decreased quality of life as compared to general population


Chronic pain EORTC Quality of life (QoL) 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V./The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arfat Waheed
    • 1
  • Shakura Bhat
    • 2
  • Abdul Hameed
    • 3
  • Velayat Nabi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, SKIMSSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lalla Ded Hospital, Government Medical CollegeSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology, Government Medical CollegeSrinagarIndia
  4. 4.Department of Anesthesiology Skims SouraSrinagarIndia

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