APPLICATION EFFECT OF SYSTEMATIC PAIN MANAGEMENT IN PROCEDURAL PAIN AFTER LUNG CANCER SURGERY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PROGNOSIS AND HEALTH OF PATIENTS
Objective: In this paper, we analyzed the effectiveness of non-pharmacological pain management through acupressure in conjunction with pulmonary rehabilitation in reducing pain and enhancing patient’s quality-of-Life following lung cancer surgery.
Background: Lung cancer remains to be the most common and most deadly form of cancer globally. The great majority of lung cancer patients may be cured through surgical resection. Although surgical resection results in higher survival rates, most of the patients experience severe pain, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and nausea as well as low quality of life after lung cancer surgery. Lung cancer patients' postoperative care necessitates specific attention to pain management. Common pain management strategy is through pharmacological intervention but it is associated with several complications such as impaired perception level and increased risk of drug dependence. Recently, non-pharmacological pain management is gaining importance in post-operative care of lung cancer patients.
Methods: The surgically treated lung cancer patients were divided into two groups at random: the test group and the control group. The test group will be provided with pulmonary rehabilitation and acupressure practices and the control group will be provided with traditional pharmacological intervention (analgesics). Prior to and following the intervention, the patients' condition was evaluated using the Visual Analog Pain Scale (VAS), the Quality-of-Life Questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the length of hospital stay. Finally, the data are statistically analyzed by Analysis of Variance. There is a statistical difference between two groups.
Result: As a result, acupressure in conjunction with pulmonary rehabilitation is an efficient and less adverse procedural pain management strategy in post-operative care of lung cancer patients compared to pharmacological treatments.
Conclusion: Pain management after surgery may be improved by using a non-pharmacological treatment that includes acupressure and PR, according to our results. Analgesic side effects and post-surgical pain might be reduced with the use of this therpay as a low-risk, cost-effective option. Nurses might use this non-pharmacological pain relief strategy (acupressure and PR) to help their patients.