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Measurement properties of instruments to assess pain in children and adolescents with cancer: a systematic review protocol

Loeffen, Erik A. H., Stinson, Jennifer N., Birnie, Kathryn A., van Dijk, Monique, Kulkarni, Ketan, Rijsdijk, Mienke, Font-Gonzalez, Anna, Dupuis, L. Lee, van Dalen, Elvira C., Mulder, Renée L. , Campbell, Fiona, Tissing, Wim J. E., van de Wetering, Marianne D. and Gibson, Faith (2019) Measurement properties of instruments to assess pain in children and adolescents with cancer: a systematic review protocol Systematic Reviews, 8, 33. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Background

Pain in children and adolescents with cancer has been identified as an area where many healthcare professionals seek guidance. This protocol details a systematic review whose aim is to explore current knowledge regarding measurement instruments to assess pain (and pain-related distress) in children and adolescents with cancer. After completion of the review, the information will be used in the development of a clinical practice guideline.

Methods

We will search four electronic databases (MEDLINE via PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO and HaPI). Additional relevant studies will be identified by reference checking and expert consultation. All citations will be screened independently by two reviewers in a three-step approach: first selection based on title, second selection based on abstract, third selection based on full-text. Studies in children and adolescents with cancer that aimed to evaluate the clinimetric properties of an existing pain measurement instrument or to develop a new pain measurement instrument and that include at least one relevant outcome (reliability, validity, responsiveness, interpretability, clinical utility) are eligible for inclusion. For all steps of evidence selection, a detailed list with eligibility criteria will be determined a priori. Data extraction and quality assessment of included studies (according to the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments, COSMIN criteria) will be conducted independently by two authors.

Discussion

This systematic review will provide an overview of the current literature regarding measurement instruments to assess pain in children and adolescents with cancer. This knowledge synthesis will be used to formulate recommendations for clinical practice. Also, by synthesizing existing evidence, knowledge gaps will be identified.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Loeffen, Erik A. H.
Stinson, Jennifer N.
Birnie, Kathryn A.
van Dijk, Monique
Kulkarni, Ketan
Rijsdijk, Mienke
Font-Gonzalez, Anna
Dupuis, L. Lee
van Dalen, Elvira C.
Mulder, Renée L.
Campbell, Fiona
Tissing, Wim J. E.
van de Wetering, Marianne D.
Gibson, Faithf.gibson@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 28 January 2019
DOI : 10.1186/s13643-019-0945-4
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2019. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Systematic review; Protocol; Pediatric oncology; Pain; Measurement instrument
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 Mar 2019 13:23
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 13:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850668

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