Perspectives and experiences of elective surgery patients regarding pain management
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 67–73, March 2010
How to Cite
Rejeh, N. and Vaismoradi, M. (2010), Perspectives and experiences of elective surgery patients regarding pain management. Nursing & Health Sciences, 12: 67–73. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00488.x
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 22 SEP 2009
- Received 11 April 2009; accepted 11 August 2009.
- elective surgery;
- pain management;
- qualitative research
The purpose of this study was to explore the perspectives and experiences of elective surgery patients regarding pain management. A qualitative design, based on the content analysis approach, was used to collect and analyze the experience of 20 elective surgery patients who all had abdominal surgery in surgical wards in two teaching hospitals in Tehran, Iran. After employing purposeful sampling for the selection of the participants, semistructured interviews were held for data collection. During the data analysis, three main themes emerged: “perceptions of pain management goals”, “patients' views of nurses' role in pain management”, and “interaction in pain management”. It was concluded that understanding the factors that influence pain management after surgery from the patients' viewpoint will contribute to the body of knowledge of nurses in order to promote the quality of nursing care.