Bedside Chart Improves Cancer Patients’ Pain Management, Study Shows

Bedside Chart Improves Cancer Patients’ Pain Management, Study Shows
A simple bedside chart for assessing and managing pain reduced hospitalized cancer patients' pain without increasing their use of opioids, a large British study showed. Its findings suggested that systematic pain assessment and management should be part of  cancer care. A breakdown of the types of cancer patients in the study showed that many had ovarian cancer. The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The title is “Pain Management in Cancer Center Inpatients: A Cluster Randomized Trial to Evaluate a Systematic Integrated Approach—The Edinburgh Pain Assessment and Management Tool.Cancer Research U.K. supported the work. Half of cancer patients experience pain, but in many cases their symptoms are poorly managed. Reasons for this include unstructured pain assessment efforts, using faulty treatment guidelines, and failing to monitor patients' pain adequately. Medical staff and researchers at Scotland's University of Edinburgh developed a bedside tool to try to improve cancer patients' pain management. They based the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and Management Tool on the concept that pain is the fifth vital sign. The traditional vitals are body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat rate, and breathing rate, Medical staff using the system regularly measure a patient's pain levels and record them in a chart. The chart contains guidelines on adjusting a patient's pain treatment to what is needed. If scores indicate moderate to severe pain, the chart instructs doctors to review medications and
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