Analysis of the representations of pain in healthcare professionals from a IV level hospital in Bogotá, Colombia

  • Silvia Rivera-Largacha a Universidad del Rosario, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bogotá, Colombia b Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Armando Steven Prieto a Universidad del Rosario, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bogotá, Colombia b Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Diego Enrique Londoño a Universidad del Rosario, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bogotá, Colombia b Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, Bogotá, Colombia c Psychology Program, Universidad Manuela Beltrán, Bogotá, Colombia.
Keywords: Qualitative Research, Semantic Web, Anesthesia, Delivery of Health Care, Pain

Abstract

Introduction:

Pain is a manifestation difficult to describe objectively. Understanding and managing pain by the clinical staff is not just based on scientific concepts, but on representations affected by subjectivity.

Objectives:

To describe the social representations of pain in the discourse and behavior of the healthcare staff in a medical hospital in Bogotá.

Materials and methods:

A qualitative, descriptive, cross-sectional trial was conducted using 2 data collection techniques: (i) semi-structured interviews (n=45), including the natural semantics networks technique; (ii) a non-participant observation with a field diary.

Results:

In the natural semantic network, many descriptors mentioned by the participants (n=88) were identified. The terms referring to the emotional experience were mentioned more often, followed by terms referring to medical care. The field observation identifies a broad diversity in the way pain is understood, marked by a trend to underestimate the subjective aspects of pain.

Conclusions:

The data, which may be representative of similar institutions in the Colombian and Latin American context, illustrate that there has been a growing interest in approaching pain as a priority in the comprehensive management of the patient. However, strategies are yet to be promoted that result in a more assertive communication, and an identification and legitimation of emotions and subjective suffering of the patient in pain.

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Rivera-Largacha S, Prieto AS, Londoño DE. Analysis of the representations of pain in healthcare professionals from a IV level hospital in Bogotá, Colombia. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2018 Jul. 1 [cited 2024 Apr. 23];46(3):203-8. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/518

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