The experience of pediatric cancer pain, part I: Impact of pain on the family

Betty R. Ferrell, Michelle Rhiner, Barbara Shapiro, Meg Dierkes

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This two-part article reports on the results of qualitative data derived from the study on the impact of pediatric cancer pain on the family. Part I of this two-part article expolores the family caregivers' description of a child with cancer, the helplessness experienced in the management of the child's pain, and the impact of pain on the entire family. Study findings support existing literature identifying inadequate assessment and management of pediatric cancer pain. Parents identified the benefits of pain management teams for the child and for themselves. Family caregivers also identified the stresses associated with managing pain at home. Part II will describe the role of the parents in managing their child's pain. This study provided valuable information that can enable health care professionals with an opportunity to intervene not only with the child but also with the family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-379
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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