Measurement and Prediction of Postoperative Pain and Analgesic Requirement

Principal Investigator: Charles S. Cleeland, Ph.D.

Because many types of cancer are treated with surgical interventions, post-surgical pain is a substantial problem for many cancer patients. Surgeries performed on cancer patients, including lung and esophageal surgeries, are usually followed by a long period of recovery. Because of the prevalence of post-surgical pain in these patients, and the resultant need for pain management, an instrument which could predict the analgesic needs of a particular patient prior to the onset of post-surgical pain would be of benefit to clinicians responsible for pain management.

Specific Goals

  • To validate the Analgesic Experiences Questionnaire (Complete)
  • To discover whether patients’ reports of their previous experiences with analgesic medications are predictive of the future usefulness of these medications in said patients


This descriptive study will recruit potential patients during each patient’s visit to the Pre-Operative Clinic. Participants will be surveyed about their pain level at different time points: once before surgery, three times in the first 72 hours after surgery and monthly for three months after discharge.


Measurement instruments include the Analgesic Experiences Questionnaire (AEQ), the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) and the Postoperative Pain Inventory (PPI).

For more information

Contact: Beth Johnson, R.N., at