eAbstract: Under-treatment of Cancer Pain


The authors of this study determined that there is not enough data available on the management of cancer pain and the barriers that impact both delivery and receipt of adequate pain management.

Journal: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care (March 2010)

Author: Fairchild A

Purpose: To review the research that exists about the risk factors for the under-treatment of cancer pain, as well as the barriers that result in under-treatment.

Results: Because the majority of the research on this topic is based on survey studies, Fairchild concludes that more prospective studies about the “barriers to both delivery and receipt of adequate pain management” are needed, and “treatment must be individualized based on clinical circumstances and patient wishes, with the goal of maximizing function and quality of life.”

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