Pain Experience among Patients Receiving Cancer Treatment: A Review
Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine
The unique challenges of working in the field of pain management, including the need to work with cancer clients who can have very complex needs, have been identified. Purpose: To review and analyze a recent research articles that studied the experience of cancer-related pain in order to understand the factors that affect pain experience. Methods: A literature review was conducted using the electronic databases of CINAHL, EBSCO, MEDLINE/ PubMed, and Cochrane of systematic reviews, for articles
... iews, for articles published between 2005 and 2012. Articles were systematically compared for common concepts to recognize similarities and differences in scope and findings across the studies. The sample sizes in this reviewed studies ranged from 11 to 560 adult cancer patients aged between 18 and 82 years. (14) studies identified, the results that demonstrated the experiences of pain among cancer patients. Most of the dimensional aspects of pain experience were discussed. Cancer related pain has been described as interrelated dimensions that are confirmed by research findings. Results: Among Conclusion: The multidimensional aspect of the pain phenomenon among cancer patients is correlated with various kinds of the pain intensity, duration and quality of life. Cancer pain requires a comprehensive, integrated and multifaceted model of care such as including cognitive based programs that build self management capacity among those who experience cancer pain.