Pain in individuals with multiple sclerosis, knee prosthesis, and post-herpetic neuralgia: learning from focus group patients' experience
The Clinical Journal of Pain, 04/09/2012Saverino A et al.
Original spontaneous descriptors, possibly pathology–specific, emerged in all groups not included in the MGPQ and pointed out the need to use assessment tools based on people experience.
Authors used focus group (FG) of discussion to collect participants’ opinion about their pain.
They organized 2 FGs for persons with MS.
They also gathered 2 FGs of individuals who had a recent knee arthroplasty, suffering a pure nociceptive pain, and 2 FGs of individuals with post–herpetic neuralgia, suffering a pure neuropathic pain, to compare their experience with the one of the people with MS.
Original spontaneous descriptors emerged in all the groups.
People with MS in particular used various symbolic descriptors to express their pain’s quality and underlined the high impact of pain on their lives.
The use of specific descriptors for neuropathic and nociceptive pain in the different groups did not appear easily definable.
Finally, pain descriptors used during FG appeared to be different than the ones included in the MGPQ.
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