The Impact of Pain Management on Quality of Life

We found that treatment was associated with decreased pain-related interference with quality of life in all domains examined.26

Nathaniel Katz

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • Pain is a highly noxious experience per se, but it can have an overwhelmingly negative effect on nearly every other aspect of life, including mood and capacity to function in daily roles
  • World Health Organization, individuals who live with persistent pain are four times more likely than those without pain to suffer from depression or anxiety, and more than twice as likely to have difficulty working
  • The damaging effects of pain on quality of life have been demonstrated for nearly every kind of pain, including neuropathic pain, other chronic nonmalignant pain such as that associated with arthritis, and malignant pain
  • We found that treatment was associated with decreased pain-related interference with quality of life in all domains examined
  • In addition to more effective pain relief, fentanyl-treated patients reported significantly less trouble with side effects than those receiving morphine. They had significantly higher SF-36 scores in bodily pain, vitality, social functioning, and mental health. These results suggest that tolerability may be a critical marker for quality of life
  • The meaningfulness of these differences can be addressed directly by methods that calibrate symptom distress to stressful real-life events or by using utility-based methods

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