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: Patientens upplevelse av att leva med kronisk smärta.

Translated title of the thesis: It hurts: The patient's experience of living with chronic pain
  • Janet Eriksson
  • Johanna Orup

    Student thesis: Bachelor



    Background: Pain is a natural experience which all people come into contact with and feels at some point in their lives. Chronic pain is when the person had pain for more than six consecutive months. It is significant for a person with chronic pain that a nurse can deal with pain problems. Aim: The aim was to describe people's experiences of living with chronic pain. Method: A general literature study has been the basis for the work. Nine scientific articles have been analyzed trough qualitative and quantitative content analysis. Results: Acceptance of chronic pain was a substantial problem for these people. Some were affected so deeply by their pain that they went into depression. The family has great influence on people with chronic pain. Self-care is an important part of people with chronic pain. Discussion: Acceptance of pain was based largely on how people experienced the pain. Illness may be viewed positively, although it is chronic according to Dorothea Orem. Conclusion: The study is important for nurses in order to respond and provide better care to people suffering from chronic pain. With a deeper understanding of how people with chronic pain perceive the nurse's response, this can lead to better care and patient contact.


    Date of Award2010-Apr-26
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorIrene Persson (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • chronic pain
    • experiences
    • psychology
    • family and nurse

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