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A prospective, non-interventional study of assessment and treatment adequacy of pain in the Emergency Department of a Tertiary Care Cancer Hospital

In Indian Journal of Palliative Care
By: Jain PN.
Contributor(s): Thota RS | swapnil.parab@gmail.com | Parab SY.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 19 Issues 3.Publisher: 2013Description: 152-157.Subject(s): Pain | Emergency department | Cancer | DDC classification: In: Indian Journal of Palliative CareSummary: INTRODUCTION: Pain is the most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits by the cancer patients. Treatment inconsistency and inadequacy are reported worldwide in the management of ED pain. We conducted a non-interventional observational study of 100 patients visiting ED with moderate to severe pain in a tertiary care cancer center. AIMS: The goal of this study was to describe the characteristics of pain and its treatment by oncologists in ED. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Management of 100 adult patients with complaints of moderate to severe pain was observed by the investigator in ED. Treatment was provided by the doctors of respective oncological services. Later, patients were interviewed by the investigator to collect data about the details of their pain and treatment adequacy. RESULTS: On arrival to ED, about 65% patients reported severe pain, however no formal pain assessment was performed and no patient received strong opioids. Poor compliance for prescribed analgesic medications was noted
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INTRODUCTION: Pain is the most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits by the cancer patients. Treatment inconsistency and inadequacy are reported worldwide in the management of ED pain. We conducted a non-interventional observational study of 100 patients visiting ED with moderate to severe pain in a tertiary care cancer center.

AIMS: The goal of this study was to describe the characteristics of pain and its treatment by oncologists in ED.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Management of 100 adult patients with complaints of moderate to severe pain was observed by the investigator in ED. Treatment was provided by the doctors of respective oncological services. Later, patients were interviewed by the investigator to collect data about the details of their pain and treatment adequacy.

RESULTS: On arrival to ED, about 65% patients reported severe pain, however no formal pain assessment was performed and no patient received strong opioids. Poor compliance for prescribed analgesic medications was noted

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