Author(s): Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Dodd M, Cooper B, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Dodd M, Cooper B
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Abstract The majority of the research on the various aspects of symptom management has focused on individual symptoms. However, patients with cancer often experience multiple symptoms simultaneously as a result of their disease and treatment. In 2001, symptom management researchers began to study the impact of symptom clusters on patient outcomes. Over the past 6 years, a number of conceptual reviews as well as several research studies have been published on symptom clusters in oncology patients. This paper summarizes the conceptual basis for symptom cluster research, describes two conceptual approaches to symptom cluster research, and discusses the implications of symptom clusters for quality-of-life research. The paper concludes with an enumeration of the critical considerations that need to be addressed if this area of scientific inquiry is to move forward.
This article was published in J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Trials