Critical appraisal:Devine EC 2003 2

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Article being appraised

Devine EC. Meta-analysis of the effect of psychoeducational interventions on pain in adults with cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum 2003;30(1):75-89 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12515986.


Applicable clinical question

Key Facts

Study Design

systematic review — Studies were randmoised but the interventions varied

Number of Patients:

1723


Includes an economic evaluation

no

Evidence ratings

Level of evidence

I

Risk of bias
Low risk of bias Comments: Although there was a minority component of lung cancer patients and a bias towards participation of patients with breast cancer this is a large systematic review and has to be included in the overall review


Size of effect
2 Reason for decision: Likely to be clinically menaingful
Relevance of evidence
2 Additional comments: Pain scoring is an art and a science but the outcomes for education and a range of psychological interventions are notable
Result of appraisal

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Completed by

Prof Matthew Peters MD FRACP


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Article
Devine EC. Meta-analysis of the effect of psychoeducational interventions on pain in adults with cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum 2003;30(1):75-89 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12515986.
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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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