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Pain in frail, elderly women after surgery.
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PMID:  9127536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To describe the lived experience of postoperative pain in frail, elderly women. DESIGN: Colaizzi's (1978) phenomenological approach. SAMPLE, METHOD: 16 hospitalized women from ages 75 to 93, who had abdominal surgery. Unstructured, open-ended interviews were conducted in 1992. FINDINGS: Three major themes emerged: the immediate reality of pain, security, and dealing with pain. The immediate reality of pain consisted of the feeling, awareness, and past imposing on the present. Security consisted of comfort and trust. Dealing with pain consisted of endurance, control, and self-discovery of strategies, the most predominant of which was being still to relieve pain. CONCLUSIONS: The frail elderly women in this study tended to endure pain and to trust nurses to provide pain-relief measures. Nurses should carefully assess pain and the desire of patients for control of pain-relief measures.
M L Zalon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Image--the journal of nursing scholarship     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0743-5150     ISO Abbreviation:  Image J Nurs Sch     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-23     Completed Date:  1997-05-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8400753     Medline TA:  Image J Nurs Sch     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Nursing, University of Scranton, PA 18510-4595, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Frail Elderly*
Internal-External Control
Models, Psychological
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Methodology Research
Pain, Postoperative / nursing,  psychology*
Women / psychology*

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