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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01994

Self-perceived pain in Chinese patients with cancer

Yongfu Zhang1, Xiaomin Tan2, Wengao Li2, Hongmei Wang2, Hengwen Sun3, Ting Liu2, Jingying Zhang2,  Bin Zhang2 and  Yuan Yang2*
  • 1Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, China
  • 2Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, China
  • 3Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, China

Background: Pain is one of the most burdensome and prevalent symptoms cancer patient report and it has severe negative impact on patient’s quality of life. The aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence of pain and to test the association between demographic, clinical, psychological factors and self-assessed pain in Chinese cancer population.
Methods: A total of 553 cancer patients were recruited in this cross-sectional study. Patient’s basic demographic data was collected by a study-designed information sheet, and patient’s pain, sleep disturbance and psychological distress were assessed by several validated measurements (MPQ-SF, AIS, FoP-Q-SF, PHQ-9 and GAD-7). Descriptive statistics and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were performed.
Results: Of the 553 patients, 411 (74.32%) patients reported that they experience some degree of pain. Fear of progression, anxiety, insomnia and depressive symptoms were significantly associated with different subscales and the overall pain score in bivariate correlation matrix. Insomnia, depressive symptoms and fear of cancer progression were significant independent factors of cancer pain on multivariate analyses.
Conclusion: Psychological factors play a great role in the relationship between objective pathophysiology and patient’s subjective experience of pain. It is important to evaluate each individual in detail with respect to psychological distress and pain severity when planning treatment and rehabilitation.

Keywords: psychological, clinical, Chinese, Pain, Cancer, Demogaphic

Received: 23 Apr 2019; Accepted: 14 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Zhang, Tan, Li, Wang, Sun, Liu, Zhang, Zhang and Yang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Yuan Yang, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, 510515, Guangdong Province, China,