Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The meaning of the experiences of persons with chronic pain in their encounters with the health service
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Växjö Central Hospital.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Växjö University.
School of Social Sciences, Växjö University.
Show others and affiliations
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 25, no 3, 444-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The meaning of the experiences of persons with chronic pain in their encounters with the health service Chronic pain causes great suffering for those affected and treating it is one of the most common assignments in the health service. The aim of the study was to investigate the meaning of the experiences of persons with chronic pain in their encounters with health service staff. The study had a descriptive design with a phenomenological approach based on the perspective of caring science. Interviews were carried out with eight patients. The study showed that patients experienced a positive approach and that the staff had understood the serious nature of the situation. A positive approach can communicate hope and help to strengthen the patient. It is important to ask the patient about how he/she experiences his/her situation and thus gain an insight into this person's lifeworld. Participation entailed being active oneself and calling attention to one's needs and wishes for treatment. The study also showed that a negative approach by the staff played a prominent part in their experiences and appeared to be engraved in their memories. A negative approach is felt as being insulting and belittling. Patients with chronic pain felt that they were discredited and that their experience of their situation was called into question. They had to fight to get care and had to suggest treatments and examinations. There were also patients who had neither been asked about their pain experience nor had the opportunity to assess their pain with an assessment scale. Some of the phases in Travelbee's relationship model could be seen in several of the encounters but not all. The participants did not always feel that the manner of the nursing staff was empathetic or sympathetic, which led to greater suffering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 25, no 3, 444-450 p.
Keyword [en]
chronic pain, communication, encounter, health service staff, life world, patients' experiences, phenomenology
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14248DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2010.00847.xPubMedID: 21158886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14248DiVA: diva2:384494
Available from: 2011-01-10 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Fridlund, Bengt
By organisation
HHJ, Dep. of Nursing ScienceHHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work
In the same journal
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Nursing

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 288 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf