Is pain intensity a predictor of the complexity of cancer pain management?

@article{Fainsinger2009IsPI,
  title={Is pain intensity a predictor of the complexity of cancer pain management?},
  author={Robin L. Fainsinger and Alysa Fairchild and Cheryl L. Nekolaichuk and Peter Gerard Lawlor and Sonya S. Lowe and John Hanson},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2009},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={585-90}
}
PURPOSE The lack of a standardized cancer pain (CP) classification system prompted the development of the Edmonton Classification System for Cancer Pain (ECS-CP). Its five features have demonstrated value in predicting pain management complexity. Pain intensity (PI) at initial assessment has been proposed as having additional predictive value. We hypothesized that patients with moderate to severe CP would take longer to achieve stable pain control, use higher opioid doses, and require more… CONTINUE READING