Parental Experiences of Paediatric Chronic Pain Management Services

MacIver, Donald, Jones, Derek and Nicol, Margaret (2011) Parental Experiences of Paediatric Chronic Pain Management Services. Journal of Pain Management, 4 (4). pp. 371-380. ISSN 1939-5914

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An in-depth analysis of parents’ experiences and perceptions of their child’s pain management is required to understand best practice in this developing area. Aim: This qualitative study examined parents’ experiences of paediatric chronic pain management services in the United Kingdom. Methods: A total of 12 participants (10 mothers, 2 fathers), across 10 families, were involved in the study (one family had two children with chronic pain). In-depth interviews were carried out. Data were subjected to an interpretive thematic analysis. Findings: Participants came to pain management services with similar expectations, however there were distinct differences between parents whose children had received in-patient versus out-patient pain management treatment. The mechanisms underlying this parental disenchantment are offered, and findings are discussed in light of the wider chronic pain literature. Recommendations for practitioners working in the field of chronic pain management are presented. Conclusions: Parents are important contributors to the success of pain management interventions, but they may find pain management principles counter-intuitive and incongruent with their perceived goals and needs. Based on this research, recommendations for nurses, and other professionals involved in pain management, are presented.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 15:11
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 08:39

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