Outcome of cancer pain consultations.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: All major cancer centers in the United States are equipped with pain management consultation services. We report on the outcome of such consultations within 24 hours from the intervention. METHODS: All consecutive patients referred to the pain management service of a tertiary care cancer center were assessed before and 14-24 hours after the intervention. RESULTS: A total of 45 patients completed the study. The mean current pain intensity score was 5.2 on the Visual Analogue Scale before the consultation and 2.7 after the consultation (P < 0.05). The pain was described as excruciating on the Categorical Scale by three patients before the consultation and by no patients after the consultation. CONCLUSIONS: In hospitalized cancer patients with difficult to control pain, cancer pain consultations result in a measurable effect within 24 hours of the pharmacologic intervention. To avoid unnecessary suffering, timeliness is of the utmost importance when requesting and delivering cancer pain consultations.

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Cited Authors

  • Manfredi, PL; Chandler, S; Pigazzi, A; Payne, R

Published Date

  • August 15, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 920 - 924

PubMed ID

  • 10951358

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10951358

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-543X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-0142(20000815)89:4<920::aid-cncr27>3.0.co;2-d


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States