Chronic pain coping experiences of institutionalized elderly

Chiung Ying Lee, Su Fen Cheng, Jing Jy Wang, Jyy I. Lin

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While pain is a common problem among the elderly, a group that has grown significantly as a percentage of population in recent decades, few studies have been done to describe their chronic pain coping experiences. The aim of this qualitative study was to enhance understanding of chronic pain coping strategies adopted by elderly residents of long-term care facilities. Eighteen elderly residents were interviewed, with Lincoln and Guba's trustworthiness criteria utilized to evaluate methodological rigor. Colaizzi's phenomenological approach was used to analyze chronic pain coping data. Three themes that emerged in findings included: use of multiple pain relief strategies, use of passive pain endurance and learning to live with chronic pain. The author hopes that results of this study will provide better insight on approaches taken by the elderly to personal pain management and help guide the development of nursing guidelines for chronic pain management. Recommendations highlighted in this study include increasing chronic pain education and continued research in support of developing a Chinese version chronic pain assessment tool for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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