Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking at the relationship between how people score the pain they have and how they rate their quality of life (GWCA1349)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at scales and questionnaires that doctors use to assess patients’ pain, general health and any disruption to their sleep. The people taking part have chronic pain caused by cancer.
If you have chronic pain, your doctor may use a number scale to score how bad the pain is. But researchers want to learn more about the relationship between your pain score and how you rate your quality of life.
In this study, they will compare the score on a pain scale with answers to a questionnaire about your mobility, how well you can manage your usual activities such as washing and dressing, and whether you feel anxious or depressed. They will also ask people whether their pain is causing them problems sleeping.
Who can enter
You cannot volunteer to join this study. Your doctor may ask you to take part if you
- Have chronic pain caused by cancer and you need to take painkillers called opioids, such as tramadol or morphine
- Have been taking a stable dose of painkillers for at least a week
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You
- Have taken part in another trial in the last 2 weeks
- Have taken any recreational or illegal drugs in the last 2 days
If you agree to take part, the study team will collect some information about you. This includes your age, gender and race. They will ask about your cancer, any treatment you’ve had and the painkillers you take. And they will ask if you have been diagnosed with depression, or take medication for depression (anti depressants).
They will then ask you to
- Rate your pain on a numeric scale
- Complete a questionnaire about your general health
- Use another number scale to rate how much your sleep is disturbed
All the information you give is
There are no extra hospital visits. You can fill in the questionnaire and complete the number scales when you are at a planned hospital appointment.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Professor Marie Fallon
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer