Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together (MACPT) conversation tool: an evaluation of use in clinical practice

Barry Quinn*, Sophie Laurent, Susan Dargan, Maria Lapuente, Diana Lüftner, Lawrence Drudge-Coates, Mario Di Palma, Lissandra Dal Lago, Jessica Flynn, Charlotte Panter, Anouchka Seesaghur

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Aim: To investigate use of the ‘Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together’ conversation tool between individuals with advanced cancer and healthcare professionals (HCPs) during routine consultations. Methods: Twenty-one patients and six HCPs completed questionnaires before and after use of the tool (at their routine consultation 1 and consecutive consultation 2, respectively). Results: Patients and HCPs were satisfied with communication during both consultations. When using the tool, patients most frequently selected physical pain descriptors (95.2%), followed by emotional (81.0%), social (28.6%) and spiritual (28.6%) descriptors. Patients found the tool useful, stating that it helped them describe their pain. HCPs considered the tool difficult to incorporate into consultations. Conclusion: The study highlighted the need to consider the various aspects of cancer pain.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPain management
Early online date06 Dec 2021
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Dec 2021


  • Research Article
  • advanced cancer
  • communication
  • healthcare professional
  • pain
  • patient
  • satisfaction


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