SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.2 issue4Knowledge of the nursing team about the newborn’s painChronic low back pain and walking speed: effects on the spatiotemporal parameters and in gait variability author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Journal

Article

Indicators

Related links

Share


BrJP

Print version ISSN 2595-0118On-line version ISSN 2595-3192

Abstract

IZZO, Juliana Martins; CUNHA, Ana Marcia Rodrigues; CESARINO, Claudia Bernardi  and  MARTINS, Marielza Regina Ismael. The impact of chronic pain on the quality of life and on the functional capacity of cancer patients and their caregivers. BrJP [online]. 2019, vol.2, n.4, pp.336-341.  Epub Dec 02, 2019. ISSN 2595-3192.  https://doi.org/10.5935/2595-0118.20190062.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Pain for cancer patients might represent a worsening prognosis, decreased autonomy, well-being and quality of life, affecting all spheres of life of cancer patients and their repercussions on caregivers. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the impact of chronic pain on the quality of life and functional capacity of cancer patients and their caregivers.

METHODS:

Eleven caregivers and 15 cancer patients from a Pain Clinic were evaluated. To assess the functional capacity of the patients, we used the physical and instrumental activities of daily living scale and, for quality of life, we used the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30), which indicated impairment in social and emotional functions and prevalence of symptoms fatigue and insomnia.

RESULTS:

The average of the instrumental activities of daily living scores indicated a semi-dependence of the patients. There was a female predominance in patients (60%) and caregivers (72.2%). The average pain by the visual analog scale was 6.8. The Zarit Caregiver Overload Scale indicated that 36.3% of caregivers had moderate to severe overload and a positive correlation between functional capacity and overload (p=0.003).

CONCLUSION:

The presence of chronic pain impacts, negatively and significantly, the quality of life and functional capacity of cancer patients extending this impact to the caregiver.

Keywords : Cancer pain; Caregivers; Quality of life.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in English | Portuguese     · English ( pdf ) | Portuguese ( pdf )