n Health SA Gesondheid - The pain experience and its management in cancer patients during hospitalisation (in Namibia)

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1025-9848
  • E-ISSN: 2071-9736



There is a lack of information on the management of pain in cancer patients in Namibia. For this reason a survey was done to determine the pain experience of cancer patients during hospitalisation and their evaluation of treatment thereof by nurses. Eighty-four (84) patients who have been diagnosed with cancer have been interviewed. It was found that 44 (53%) did not experience any pain, or if they did it was very seldom, while 18 (21.4%) experienced continuous pain. It was also found that patients were not always encouraged to talk about their pain experience. Patients with pain were not always immediately attended to. The effect of the medication on the pain was also not always monitored. Only 16 (19.2%) of the respondents indicated that they were informed about the side effects of the medication. Families were also not informed in the caring of these patients with regard to pain relief. The findings indicated that there is a need for in-service education for nurses regarding the treatment of cancer patients with pain.

Weens 'n gebrek aan inligting oor die hantering van pyn by pasiënte met kanker, is 'n opname gedoen na die pyn belewenis van pasiënte met karsinoom tydens hospitalisasie. Van die vier-en-tagtig (84) pasiënte, het 44 (53%) geen of minimale pyn ondervind tydens hospitalisasie, terwyl 18 (21.4%) deurlopende pyn ervaar het. Die pasiënte is ook nie altyd aangemoedig om oor hulle pyn ervaring te praat nie. Daarbenewens is daar ook nie dadelik aan pasiënte met pyn aandag gegee nie. Na die toediening van die pyn medikasie is die effek ook nie altyd geëvalueer nie. Slegs 16 (19.2%) van die deelnemers het aangedui dat hulle ingelig is aangaande die newe-effekte van die pyn medikasie. Die familie is ook nie altyd ingelig aangaande die versorging wat hierdie pasiënte tydens pyn nodig het nie. Die bevindings dui dus op 'n behoefte aan indiensopleiding van verpleegkundiges rakende die behandeling van pyn by pasiënte met karsinoom.

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