Nursing Faculty Publications

Title

Main Caregivers’ Experiences of Managing Pain for Children With Neuroblastoma in Taiwan

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2011

Journal Title

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Volume

28

Issue

6

First Page

326

Last Page

335

DOI

10.1177/1043454211408104

Abstract

Neuroblastoma is a common malignant tumor among children. Seventy percent of children with neuroblastoma have metastatic disease when the diagnosis is established. The aim of this study was to understand the main caregivers’ lived experiences in managing pain for children with neuroblastoma. A descriptive qualitative design was used. Twelve main caregivers of children with neuroblastoma were interviewed. Two themes evolved: experiences of pain and coping with pain. Three subthemes were found under the theme “experience of pain”: pain assessment based on language expressions and behavioral observations, tendency of misdiagnosing tumor metastasis–related pain, and unique manifestations of pain at various phases. Four subthemes evolved under the theme “coping with pain”: utilization of pharmacological and nonpharmacological modalities for pain management, learning to confront pain, seeking mental and emotional support, and adjustment of family lifestyle. The results provide a description regarding the expression of pain in children with neuroblastoma and the pain management modalities used by the main caregivers. The findings serve as a reference for health care providers in Taiwan as they manage pain for children with neuroblastoma and seek to understand the needs of the main caregivers.

Keywords

Cancer pain, main caregiver, neuroblastoma