publication . Doctoral thesis . 2009

Hospitalized children as social actors in the assessment and management of their pain

Kortesluoma, R.-L. (Riitta-Liisa);
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  • Published: 10 Nov 2009
  • Publisher: University of Oulu
  • Country: Finland
Abstract By acknowledging pain as subjective and only fully perceived by the person in pain, the main aim of this study was to report on the use of qualitative child interviewing and drawings as a research method to elicit hospitalized children’s perceptions and descriptions of their pain experience. Further, the second aim was to contribute to the improvement of pain assessment and management in hospitalized children by approaching the question from the children’s point of view through their words and drawings. Forty-four children in four paediatric units in a university hospital participated in the study. The data were collected by means of qualitative intervi...
free text keywords: Draw-A-Person procedure, child, pain experience, qualitative interview, thematic drawing
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