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Pain Research and Management
Volume 2017, Article ID 5698640, 12 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5698640
Research Article

Cancer Pain Management and Pain Interference with Daily Functioning among Cancer Patients in Gondar University Hospital

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Gondar, Amhara, Ethiopia

Correspondence should be addressed to Eyob Alemayehu Gebreyohannes; moc.liamg@boyetsuj

Received 20 October 2016; Revised 15 March 2017; Accepted 5 April 2017; Published 12 June 2017

Academic Editor: Egidio Del Fabbro

Copyright © 2017 Henok Getachew Tegegn and Eyob Alemayehu Gebreyohannes. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cancer is an increasing public health burden for Ethiopia. Pain is among the most common symptoms in patients with cancer. Hence, we aimed to assess cancer pain prevalence, cancer pain interference, and adequacy of cancer pain treatment in the oncology ward of an Ethiopian teaching hospital. Of 83 patients, total of 76 (91.6%) cancer patients experienced pain with varying degree of severity, and 7 (8.4%) patients experienced severe pain. Of the 76 cancer patients with pain, 68 (89.2%) experienced pain interference with their daily activities. Fifty-four (65%) patients were receiving inadequate cancer pain treatment with negative Pain Management Index. Therefore, it is vital to anticipate and assess pain of the cancer patients as routine clinical practice, to optimize analgesic therapy, and to identify and overcome barriers to adequate pain management.