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Resultat
Sammendrag/abstract
2011

Pain characteristics in hospitalized cancer patients in their last three days of life

Bidragsytere:
  • Simen Alexander Steindal og
  • Liv Wergeland Sørbye

Tidsskrift

Journal of Geriatric Oncology
ISSN 1879-4068
e-ISSN 1879-4076
NVI-nivå 1

Om resultatet

Sammendrag/abstract
Publiseringsår: 2011
Volum: 2
Sider: 35 - 35

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Tittel

Pain characteristics in hospitalized cancer patients in their last three days of life

Sammendrag

Purpose of the study: Pain is recognized as a substantial burden in cancer patients. There are numerous studies regarding pain in adult cancer patients, while the knowledge concerning pain and pain control in the oldest terminally ill cancer patients is deficient. This study investigated whether there were differences in health care workers’ documentation of pain characteristics in hospitalized cancer patients according to age groups in the last three days of life. Methods: The retrospective cross-sectional study was performed in a general hospital, Oslo, Norway between 2007 and 2009. The study included 110 cancer patients: 54 adult patients (36-77 years old) and 56 old patients (78-99 years old). Data were extracted from the patients’ electronic records using the Resident Assessment Instrument for Palliative Care (RAI-PC). Results: A total of 56 males and 54 females participated. Median age of the adult cancer patients and the old cancer patients was 65.5 years and 84.0, respectively. No significant difference was found between the age groups with regard to mean length of stay in the hospital, sex, residential status and ward admittance. A higher proportion of the adult patients lived with family members or others. Conclusions: The results showed that pain was a common symptom in hospitalized dying cancer patients in the last three days of life regardless of age. In contrast to previous studies, this study found no statistical significant differences between adult cancer patients and old cancer patients with regard to pain characteristics. The results suggested that ageism did not seem to favorize pain treatment in the adult patients in this hospital. In both age groups there were potential for improvement for better pain control.

Bidragsytere

Aktiv cristin-person

Simen Alexander Steindal

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Fakultet for helsefag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
Aktiv cristin-person

Liv Wergeland Sørbye

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Fakultet for helsefag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
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