Current Status of Symptom Measurement in Children

Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera

in Issues in Palliative Care Research

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130652
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999842 | DOI:
Current Status of Symptom Measurement in Children

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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

Chapter.  5848 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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