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Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130652.001.0001

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Current Status of Symptom Measurement in Children

Current Status of Symptom Measurement in Children

(p.341) 22 Current Status of Symptom Measurement in Children
Issues in Palliative Care Research

Russell K. Portenoy

Eduardo Bruera

Oxford University Press

The literature on symptom measurement in infants and children is largely confined to the measurement of pain. There is an enormous array of physiological, behavioral, and self-report pain measures for infants and children. Further, recent pain measurement research has begun studying two difficult pediatric patient populations: the preverbal and the cognitively impaired. With the exception of measures created for postchemotherapy nausea and vomiting and evolving measures of fatigue in children, few other measures of symptoms in children exist. Two new scales, the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS) 10–18 and the MSAS 7–12, are multidimensional self-report scales designed to describe symptom prevalence, characteristics, and distress in children with cancer aged 10–18 and 7–12, respectively.

Keywords:   pain measurement, pediatric patient, children, postchemotherapy nausea, cancer, Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale, self-report scales

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