CONTEXT: In 2011, a multidisciplinary palliative team (MPT) was established at Rigshospitalet (DK) and a cross-sectional study in inpatients was carried out at the Departments of Oncology and Hematology. High symptom burden, high prevalence of pain (64%), and insufficient analgesic treatment were demonstrated. In 2019, a similar study was carried out.
OBJECTIVES: This study compares prevalence of symptoms including pain and analyzes analgesic treatment of adult in-patients in a comprehensive cancer center.
METHODS: Two cross-sectional studies (May-Jun 2011; Feb-Sep 2019).
INCLUSION CRITERIA: malignant diseases, age ≥ 18 y, able to understand Danish. EORTC QLQ-C30 and Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) were applied.
RESULTS: A total of 134 and 183 inpatients were included in 2011 and 2019, respectively. Differences in the two populations were seen; in 2019 more patients had advanced disease (P = 0.0096), lower performance status (P = 0.0028), and a palliative treatment plan (P = 0.0034). The prevalence of impairments and symptoms was high and similar in the 2 years with exception of severe pain (P = 0.0143) and neuropathic pain (P < 0.0001) which increased in 2019. Moreover, pain relief significantly improved, and significantly fewer patients with pain were left untreated. Significant increase in opioid and adjuvant analgesic prescription in 2019.
CONCLUSION: An overall unchanged high symptom burden was observed. However, improvement of pain management was observed in 2019. The establishment of a MPT may possibly have contributed to improved pain management.
|Journal||Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2022|
- Cross-Sectional Studies
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
- Quality of Life