The experience of chronic nonmalignant pain

Laura S. Hitchcock, Betty Ferrell, Margo McCaffery

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Abstract

This article reports the results of a survey of 204 persons with chronic nonmalignant pain who were members of a national self-help organization. The survey evaluated the organization, explored the perceived effect of pain on quality of life, and assessed experiences with and perceptions of health-care providers. Response rate was 40%. Of survey respondents, 50% reported inadequate pain relief. Respondents identified depression as one of the worst problems caused by their chronic pain: 50% reported that they had considered suicide due to feelings of hopelessness associated with their pain, 51% reported taking only as muck medication as prescribed, and 44% reported taking less medication than prescribed. Further investigation is needed to describe the personal impact of chronic nonmalignant pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-318
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Pain
Pain
Organizations
Life Change Events
Health Personnel
Suicide
Emotions
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires
Depression

Keywords

  • addiction
  • analgesics
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • quality of life
  • self-help organization
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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The experience of chronic nonmalignant pain. / Hitchcock, Laura S.; Ferrell, Betty; McCaffery, Margo.

In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 9, No. 5, 01.01.1994, p. 312-318.

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Hitchcock, Laura S. ; Ferrell, Betty ; McCaffery, Margo. / The experience of chronic nonmalignant pain. In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 1994 ; Vol. 9, No. 5. pp. 312-318.
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