Journal article

Sex Differences in Pain Intensity in Adolescents Suffering From Cancer: Differences in Pain Memories?

Tanja Hechler, George A Chalkiadis, Carola Hasan, Joachim Kosfelder, Ulrike Meyerhoff, Silja Vocks, Boris Zernikow

JOURNAL OF PAIN | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2009

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Although sex differences have been investigated in chronic pain populations, little is known about sex differences in the pain experience of paediatric oncology patients and also whether their parents rate the pain experience differently for boys and girls. The aim of the present study was to determine if (1) boys and girls with cancer differ in current perception and past recollection of cancer-related pain and (2) if adolescents' and parents' pain ratings differ in relation to the sex of the adolescent. One hundred twelve adolescents with malignant diagnoses (12 to 18 years) and their parents participated in the study. Girls reported higher pain intensity within the last 7 days..

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