Older people's experiences of cancer pain : a qualitative study nursing older people

DUNHAM, Margaret, ALLMARK, Peter and COLLINS, Karen (2017). Older people's experiences of cancer pain : a qualitative study nursing older people. Nursing Older People, 29 (6), 28-32.

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Aim: To consider how the older person constructs the experience of cancer pain and how this is informed by expectations and experiences. Method: Nine older people with cancer were asked to keep diaries and subsequently interviewed about their experiences of living with cancer and pain. Findings: Five themes were identified - better to be old than to be dying with cancer, maintaining control and independence, loss of identity in adapting and grieving for a former self, dislike of analgesia and denial of pain. The themes give a perspective on the embodied meaning of 'pain' in daily life. Conclusion: Clinical pain assessment alone, without listening to people's pain stories, does not always identify pain or problems with daily living. Appreciation of the individuality of the lived experience of cancer can advance our understanding of pain and end of life care.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Departments: Health and Well-being > Nursing and Midwifery
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.7748/nop.2017.e943
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 07:57
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 15:59
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15782

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