Bedside charting of pain levels in hospitalized patients with cancer: A randomized controlled trial

Richard L Kravitz, Judith P. Delafield, Ron D. Hays, Rae Drazin, Matthew Conolly

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Despite advances in the technology of cancer pain assessment and control, cancer pain often remains undertreated even in hospital settings. To determine whether a graphical display of cancer patients' pain levels might improve their treatment, the investigators conducted a randomized controlled trial. Patients assigned to the intervention group (N = 40) had periodic pain assessments by study staff, who graphically recorded their reported pain intensity levels on bedside wall charts. Control group patients (N = 38) had periodic pain assessments by study staff but did not have this information displayed. The results failed to show a significant beneficial effect of the intervention on pain control, sleep, cancer-related symptoms, or analgesic dosing, but confidence intervals were broad. More research is needed to improve the quality of care for inpatients with cancer related pain

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996



  • Cancer
  • pain
  • pain measurement
  • physician behavior
  • quality of care
  • randomized controlled trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Nursing(all)

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