Pain And Depression In Patients With Cancer Is Reduced By Intervention – Part 1 of 3
Pain And Depression In Patients With Cancer Is Reduced By Intervention. Cancer patients’ talent to cope with pain and depression was improved through a program that included home-based automated clue monitoring and telephone-based care management, a new study has found. The study, called the Indiana Cancer Pain and Depression (INCPAD) trial, included patients in 16 community-based urban and pastoral cancer practices – 202 patients were assigned to the intervention program and 203 received usual care. Of the 405 patients, 131 had pit only, 96 had pain only, and 178 had both depression and pain.
The patients in the intervention group received automated home-based symptom monitoring by interactive voice recording or Internet, and centralized telecare control by a nurse-physician specialist team. The patients were assessed for signs of depression and pain symptoms at the start of the study, and then again at one, three, six and twelve months.