Describing chronic pain : towards bilingual practice

Roberts, Gwerfyl, Kent, Bridie, Prys, Delyth and Lewis, Rhian 2003, Describing chronic pain : towards bilingual practice, International journal of nursing studies, vol. 40, no. 8, pp. 889-902.


Title Describing chronic pain : towards bilingual practice
Author(s) Roberts, Gwerfyl
Kent, Bridie
Prys, Delyth
Lewis, Rhian
Journal name International journal of nursing studies
Volume number 40
Issue number 8
Start page 889
End page 902
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-11
ISSN 0020-7489
1873-491X
Summary This paper reports on the findings of a pilot study that collated and categorised a range of Welsh-medium chronic pain descriptors and their conceptually equivalent English translations in order to provide a preliminary basis for chronic pain assessment amongst patients in the bilingual community of North West Wales. The results demonstrate the unique and complex nature of individual pain experiences and the challenges of meaningful interpretation, particularly when patient and practitioner do not share a common preferred language. Detailed analysis of the descriptors provided valuable insight into the patient's world, revealing cultural patterns of beliefs and behaviours as well as the suffering associated with chronic pain. Implications for improving chronic pain assessment amongst bilingual speakers are explored.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026270

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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