Current literature only partially explored the physician’s experience of being with a cancer patient in pain. The aim of the study was to explore the internal representation of physicians specialized in oncology and pain medicine of a challenging meeting with a cancer patient in pain. Using a written open narrative format, 46 physicians specialized in oncology and pain medicine were asked to tell “the story of a challenging meeting with a patient who was in pain”. The narrations were analysed in accordance to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three main categories were identified each with sub-themes: 1. ‘Non-written stories’; 2. “Written stories”; 3. Family members. The study showed the difficulty to be patient centered, in a context in which the pain is central, forbidding a relation between human beings. The family members, a third party, could be an interesting medium to consent a possible, and difficult, human relation.

Meeting a cancer patient in pain : stories of difficulties / D. Leone, S. Anania, I. Fossati, C. Cassardo, V. Zagonel, E. Vegni. - In: NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TRENDS. - ISSN 1970-321X. - 12:1(2012 Nov), pp. 99-106. [10.7358/neur-2012-012-leon]

Meeting a cancer patient in pain : stories of difficulties

D. Leone;S. Anania;E. Vegni
2012-11

Abstract

Current literature only partially explored the physician’s experience of being with a cancer patient in pain. The aim of the study was to explore the internal representation of physicians specialized in oncology and pain medicine of a challenging meeting with a cancer patient in pain. Using a written open narrative format, 46 physicians specialized in oncology and pain medicine were asked to tell “the story of a challenging meeting with a patient who was in pain”. The narrations were analysed in accordance to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three main categories were identified each with sub-themes: 1. ‘Non-written stories’; 2. “Written stories”; 3. Family members. The study showed the difficulty to be patient centered, in a context in which the pain is central, forbidding a relation between human beings. The family members, a third party, could be an interesting medium to consent a possible, and difficult, human relation.
Interpretative phenomenological analysis; Oncologists and pain medicine specialists' representation; Pain; Qualitative research.
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TRENDS
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