14 July 2010

Intervention May Help Relieve Cancer Patients' Pain, Depression

Combining high-tech and human interaction yielded psychological, physical benefits, study found

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The patients in the intervention group received automated home-based symptom monitoring by interactive voice recording or Internet, and centralized telecare management by a nurse-physician specialist team. The patients were assessed for signs of depression and pain symptoms at the start of the study, and then again at one, three, six and 12 months.


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