The impact of pain control on physical and psychiatric functions of cancer patients: A nation-wide survey in Taiwan

Kun Ming Rau, Jen Shi Chen, Hung Bo Wu, Sheng Fung Lin, Ming Kuen Lai, Jyh Ming Chow, Ming Lih Huang, Cyuan Jheng Wang, Cheng Jeng Tai, Wen Li Hwang, Yin Che Lu, Chung Huang Chan, Ruey Kuen Hsieh

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Objective: To investigate the prevalence of pain in cancer patients at different disease statuses, the impact of pain on physical and psychiatric functions of patients and the satisfaction of pain control of patients at outpatient clinic department in Taiwan. Methods: Short form of the Brief Pain Inventorywas used as the outcome questionnaire. Unselected patients of different cancers and different disease statuses at outpatient clinic department were included. The impacts of their current pain control on physical function, psychiatric function and the satisfaction of doctors were evaluated. Logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate whether the interference scale performed identically in the different analgesic ladders. The dependent variables were satisfaction toward physician and treatment. Results: A total of 14 sites enrolled 2075 patients in the study. One thousand and fifty-one patients reported pain within the last 1 week. In patients whose diseases deteriorated, >60% of them need analgesics for pain control. Pain influenced physical and psychiatric functions of patients, especially in the deteriorated status. More than 80% of patients were satisfied about current pain control, satisfaction rate related to disease status, pain intensities and treatments for pain. Conclusion: Our study found that different cancers at different statuses had pain at variable severity. Pain can influence physical and psychological functions significantly. More than 75% of subjects reported satisfaction over physician and pain management in outpatient clinic department patients with cancer pain in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1049
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Cancer pain
  • Palliative care
  • Physical and psychiatric function
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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