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ROCHA, Carlos Eduardo Dall'Aglio et al. Improving quality of life of neuropathic pain patients by continuous outpatient setting monitoring. Rev. dor [online]. 2011, vol.12, n.4, pp. 291-296. ISSN 1806-0013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-00132011000400002.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Chronic pain management requires a multifunctional approach implying physical, psychological, social and occupational support. The understanding of pain physiopathology and its evaluation need to optimize the treatment. This study aimed at comprehensively evaluating the strongest predictors of quality of life through weekly data recorded in outpatient settings or at home to check practical and daily life activities. METHOD: The following tools were applied: Wisconsin Pain Inventory, Mood Chart, McGill's Pain Questionnaire, Post-sleep Protocol and Generic quality of life questionnaire (Whoqol-bref). RESULTS: Physical activity, occupational performance and sleep patterns have predicted better quality of life. Pain sensitivity, avoiding fear, and dependence on other people are responsible for significant variations in proposed activities. These findings suggest that external support and orientation sources may influence physical and social behavior in addition to internal clues, such as avoiding fear or pain. CONCLUSION: Chronic neuropathic pain should be evaluated taking into account its peculiarities of clinical and behavioral presentation and social aspects, since such elements are critical for a positive evolution.
Palabras llave : Evaluation; Neuropathy; Pain; Quality of life.