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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Dec;29(8):604-9. doi: 10.1177/1049909111435810. Epub 2012 Feb 5.

Qualitative pain classification in hospice and pain therapy unit.

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Pain Therapy and Palliative Care Unit-Hospice, Infermi Hospital, Rimini, Italy.


In this study, we investigated patient's meaning attribution to pain in hospice and pain therapy unit, using a qualitative approach: narrative-based medicine. The data presented here were related to patients (n = 17) hospitalized in Rimini Hospice (Italy). These data were compared to those of patients (n = 21) with noncancer pain (control sample). The interviews were then analyzed according to the technique of thematic narrative analysis. The results of our research identified a differential process in pain processing in relationship to the meaning that the patient attributed to pain. The thematic analysis of the interviews allowed the inductive construction of a specific network of pain dimensions, which were summarized in "the pain chronogram."

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