Critical appraisal:Chang MC, Chang YC, Chiou JF, Tsou TS, Lin CC 2002

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Article being appraised

Chang MC, Chang YC, Chiou JF, Tsou TS, Lin CC. Overcoming patient-related barriers to cancer pain management for home care patients. A pilot study. Cancer Nurs 2002 Dec;25(6):470-6 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12464839.


Applicable clinical question

Key Facts

Study Design

randomised controlled trial

Number of Patients:

37


Includes an economic evaluation

no

Evidence ratings

Level of evidence

II

Risk of bias
Moderate risk of bias Comments: The study was done well but 30% of the subjects were lung cancer patients


Size of effect
2 Reason for decision: There were multiple outcome measures but the improvement in pain outcomes between intervention and control is clearly impressive
Relevance of evidence
2 Additional comments: The study is relevant for its elucidation of a simple intervention that can change important outcomes. There are always uncertainties in comparing across cultures and differing health care systems but the data are interesting
Result of appraisal

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Completed by

Prof Matthew Peters MD FRACP


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Article
Chang MC, Chang YC, Chiou JF, Tsou TS, Lin CC. Overcoming patient-related barriers to cancer pain management for home care patients. A pilot study. Cancer Nurs 2002 Dec;25(6):470-6 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12464839.
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User:Matthew.peters
Topic area
Guidelines:Lung cancer/Treatment/Non-small-cell stage IV inoperable
Clinical question
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