The Association Between Pain and Quality of Life for Patients With Cancer in an Outpatient Clinic, an Inpatient Oncology Ward, and Inpatient Palliative Care Units

Fukiko Mikan, Makoto Wada, Michiko Yamada, Ayaka Takahashi, Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Kazuki Sato, Sachiko Shimizu, Motohiro Matoba, Mitsunori Miyashita

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Abstract

Purpose: This study was designed to clarify the association between pain and quality of life (QOL) of Japanese patients with cancer using a cancer-specific QOL scale (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer [EORTC] QLQ-C15-PAL) in 3 care settings (outpatient, inpatient, and palliative care units [PCUs]). Methods: We examined the above-mentioned purpose for the total of 404 patients. Results: In outpatients, physical, emotional functioning (EF), and global health status/QOL (QL item) were significantly correlated with average pain, and their correlation coefficients were −0.37 to −0.46 (P <.0001). In inpatients, they were −0.33 (P =.006), −0.26 (P =.030), and −0.31 (P =.012). In the PCU patients, they were −0.12 (P =.316), −0.30 (P =.009), and −0.28 (P =.015). Conclusion: Patients’ pain had an association with physical and emotional QOL, and the association was smaller in the PCU patients than the others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-790
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1

Keywords

  • pain intensity
  • pain score
  • palliative care
  • patients with cancer
  • quality of health care
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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