A phenomenological study of pain following fractured shaft of femur

Authors

  • Julie Santy BSc, MSc, P-GDip, RGN,

    1. Lecturer, Nursing Division, University of Bradford, School of Health Studies, Unity Building, Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0BB, UK
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  • Carolyn Mackintosh BA, MSc, P-GDip, RGN

    1. Lecturer, Nursing Division, University of Bradford, School of Health Studies, Unity Building, Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0BB, UK
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J Santy, Nursing Division, University of Bradford, School of Health Studies, Unity Building, Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0BB, UK (tel.: +44 1274 236425; e-mail: j.e.santy@bradford.ac.uk).

Abstract

• There is very little work that discusses the pain experience following fractured shaft of femur. Therefore, an exploratory phenomenological study of the individual experience of pain following a traumatic fracture of the shaft of femur was conducted.

• Two key themes emerged: the injury experience and the pain experience, both linked to the need to maintain physical integrity.

• The findings underline the highly complex nature of the pain experience and illustrate the range of experiences that individuals with traumatic fractures are exposed to.

• The findings have implications for the nursing and medical management of patients following long bone fracture.

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