Carr, E. C.J. and Thomas, V.J., 1997. Anticipating and experiencing post-operative pain: the patients' perspective. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 6 (3), pp. 191-201.
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This study uses a qualitative approach to explore patients' expectations and experiences of pain, factors contributing to the effective/ineffective management of their pain and strategies patients reported as helpful when experiencing pain. Ten patients on a mixed surgical ward at a District General Hospital in the south of England participated in the study. • Pain scores, using a visual analogue scale, were obtained for 'expected' pain pre-operatively and 'worst pain experienced'. A taped in-depth interview exploring patients' experience of pain after surgery took place on the fifth post-operative day. • Details of analgesia were also collected for the 5 days following surgery. • Patients expected pain after surgery but the intensity of the pain they experienced was often significantly greater than anticipated. • Lack of information, inadequate pain assessment and ineffective pain control contributed to this finding. • It is suggested that new pain technology, such as epidural and patient-controlled analgesia, may not change the prevalence and incidence of pain unless the systems these technologies are placed within also change. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Patients; Postoperative pain; Pain Treatment; Surgery - Complications|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||12 Dec 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:42|
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