Assessment and treatment of symptoms among Italian medical oncologists

Giampiero Porzio, Marco Valenti, Federica Aielli, Lucilla Verna, Enrico Ricevuto, Anna Iolanda Rispoli, Katia Cannita, Paolo Marchetti, Corrado Ficorella

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Objectives: This work was conducted to evaluate symptoms assessment and use of patient-tailored protocols in clinical practice among Italian medical oncologists. Methods: A questionnaire based on four topics (assessment of symptoms, assessment of a specific symptom, assessment of pain, use of patient-tailored protocols of treatment) was administered to 250 Italian medical oncologists. Results: Of these oncologists, 43.7% used multiple symptoms tools and 37.9% used symptom specific tools; 58.9% used some instrument to assess pain. More than a third of the respondents (35.5%) used patient-tailored protocols. No statistical differences were found regarding region of residency, availability of consultants in pain therapy and/or palliative care, colleagues with main interest on palliative care, and beds dedicated to palliative care. Statistically significant differences were found regarding the position (staff/resident) in three out four topics. Conclusions: Among Italian medical oncologists, the instruments used for assessment of symptoms are poorly employed. Even when these instruments are used, patient-tailored protocols are rarely administered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-869
Number of pages5
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


  • Italy
  • Medical oncologists
  • Supportive care
  • Symptoms assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)


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