Patients ‘acceptance’ of chronic wound-associated pain – A qualitative descriptive study

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Probst, S
Gschwind, G
Murphy, L
Sezgin, D
Carr, P
McIntosh, C
Gethin, G
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Chronic wound-associated pain negatively impacts the quality of life of individuals and their families. To date, little research exists that has explored collectively how individuals describe wound pain, strategies they use to manage pain, and the perceived effectiveness of such strategies. Therefore, qualitative, semi-structured interviews were carried out between June and August 2021 with 13 individuals to gain a deeper understand of the experience and impact of chronic wound-associated pain in this population. Data were analyzed following Braun and Clarke's approach for reflexive thematic analysis using MAXQdA®. Two themes and subthemes were identified. Theme 1 reflects participants' characterization of pain and how wound-associated pain affected their daily life and how they learned to accept it. Participants felt functionally impaired. In theme 2, participants described how they accepted to live with such a pain even though they received support to manage their chronic wound-associated pain, especially during the dressing-changes. Patients depended on their health care professionals and family support networks to cope with the pain. Coping with pain is exhausting contributing to poorer quality of life. Health care professionals should be aware of wound-associated pain during dressing changes. Patients recommended the need for further research on dressings and not drugs to manage pain.

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Journal of Tissue Viability

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© 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Tissue Viability Society / Society of Tissue Viability. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (

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Probst, S; Gschwind, G; Murphy, L; Sezgin, D; Carr, P; McIntosh, C; Gethin, G, Patients ‘acceptance’ of chronic wound-associated pain – A qualitative descriptive study, Journal of Tissue Viability, 2023