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Treating without Seeing: Pain Management Practice in a Thai Context
Rangsit University, Thailand .
Rangsit University, Thailand .
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Nursing and Care. (Hälsa i Globala Transitioner)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0335-3472
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Nursing and Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3589-318X
2016 (English)In: Pain Research & Management, ISSN 1203-6765, E-ISSN 1918-1523, 9580626Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Pain management is a core nursing function, and it plays a key role in postoperative care. It is important to understand the cultural context of nursing practices and how this affects effective pain management. The aim of this study was to describe the professional and cultural framework within which pain management is practiced on a Thai surgical ward. Spradley’s ethnographic methodology was used. Data were collected through 98.5 hours of field observations and interviews at a surgical ward in Thailand. Three themes were constructed that describe the way Thai nurses practiced pain management: (i) complex communications system to address pain and to respond to it, (ii) the essence of Thai-ness, and (iii) a passive approach to pain management. The results indicate that, in the response to discomfort and pain, better pain management will result if there is a shift from functional to patient-centered care. The nursing culture needs to be further researched and discussed, in order to set priorities in line with the goals of national and international organizations for improving postoperative care and promoting patient comfort

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2016. 9580626
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2310DOI: 10.1155/2016/9580626PubMedID: 28044071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2310DiVA: diva2:1051455
Available from: 2016-12-01 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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