Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Lived Experience of Cancer Patients Who Take Prescribed Pain Medications
by Neumann, Kristen, M.S.N., Northern Kentucky University, 2011, 64; 1494003
Abstract (Summary)

Significant evidence supports the belief that oncology patients are known to live their lives in pain related to their illness. Researched topics have traditionally based theory on “self-barriers” to taking prescribed pain medications, some being patients fear of pain medication addiction and fear of pain medication tolerance. There also appears to be evidence that oncology patients fear that their disease is progressing if they need to take pain medication. This study proposes to seek an answer to one question: What are the life experiences of a cancer patient who take prescribed pain medications to the point of pain relief? The project has an overall goal, the goal is to conceptualize the oncology patients experience with pain medications by understanding the decision making process of choosing to take pain medications to the point of pain relief. Participants in this qualitative research study included three oncology patients who had been prescribed pain medications who also expressed living with pain on a regular basis. The participants were sought from one midsized outpatient cancer treatment center. Translated and transcribed interviews were subjected to the procedures of qualitative research theory using Giorgi's descriptive phenomonogical method of data analysis. The purpose of the study was to seek insight and enhance understanding of oncology patients experiences with pain medications. This research study discovered six recurring themes and of the themes extracted only one had resemblance to reluctance to take pain medications related to fears.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dollins, Anne
Commitee: Kennedy, Debbie
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Nursing, Oncology
Keywords: Oncology, Pain medications, Patients
Publication Number: 1494003
ISBN: 978-1-124-67761-3
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