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Pressure ulcer pain: A Heideggerian hermeneutic analysis

Deborah A Rastinehad, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Although pressure ulcers are problematic and commonplace, little is known about pressure ulcer related pain. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe and interpret the complexities of the pain experience associated pressure ulcers in the context of the lived experience of people with painful pressure ulcers. A Heideggerian hermeneutic approach was used to reveal the experiences and meanings that are ascribed to painful pressure ulcers as a lived experience. Ten patients hospitalized in an acute care community hospital and who met criteria agreed to participate. Interviews were collected and an iterative team approach was used to analyzed data over a sixteen month period. Although several themes emerged, this study focused on key themes including: pain descriptors; experience yet inexperience with pain; seeking comfort/selfcare measures; a changing body; and failure of techno medicine to provide care/comfort. The constitutive pattern “Pain as Existence” emerged as a finding that connected the themes identified in this study. Implications for nursing practice, education, and research were presented.

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Rastinehad, Deborah A, "Pressure ulcer pain: A Heideggerian hermeneutic analysis" (2001). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3000334.