Pilot study of a survey to identify the prevalence of and risk factors for chronic neuropathic pain following breast cancer surgery
Oncology Nursing Forum, 03/15/2012
Additional research is required to confirm the significance of these potential risk factors in the development of pain post breast surgery (PPBS). Methods Prospective, quantitative, longitudinal survey. Breast health clinic in western Canada. A convenience sample of 17 women undergoing breast cancer surgery. The Brief Pain Inventory was administered before surgery and 2 days, 10 days, and 3 months postsurgery. Demographic data also were collected preoperatively. Analysis included determining prevalence of PPBS; Descriptive analyses on age, gender, and body mass index (BMI); Presence of acute postoperative pain; type of surgery; and two–tailed t tests on age and BMI. The symptom experience of chronic PPBS. Results
Twenty–three percent of the sample developed PPBS. Younger age (50 years or younger), more invasive surgery, acute postoperative pain, and less analgesic use during the acute postoperative period were factors associated with the development of PPBS.