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Communicating and understanding pain limitations of pain scales for patients with Sickle Cell Disease and other painful conditions

Communicating and understanding pain limitations of pain scales for patients with Sickle Cell Disease and other painful conditions

Collins, Peter J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4831-2524, Renedo, Alicia and Marston, Cicely (2020) Communicating and understanding pain limitations of pain scales for patients with Sickle Cell Disease and other painful conditions. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1359-1053 (Print), 1461-7277 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320944987)

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Abstract

Pain communication in healthcare is challenging. We examine use of pain scales to communicate pain severity via a case study of people with sickle cell disease (SCD). We show how pain communication involves complex social interactions between patients, healthcare professionals, and significant others – none of which are included in pain ratings. Failure to account for relational aspects of pain may cause problems for any patient. For SCD, mutual distrust shapes pain communication, further complicating clinical assessments. Moreover, SCD pain is particularly severe, making ratings hard to interpret compared with ratings from non-SCD patients, potentially exacerbating problems in managing pain relief.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pain communication, pain scales, sickle cell disease
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 11:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28807

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