Contextual Analysis of Patient Suffering
This chapter intends to bring the suffering person's voice to this text. The perspectives include those of pediatrics, critical care, oncology, geriatrics, pain management, and family caregivers. These contexts were selected as clinical areas recognized as places of pervasive suffering and those with intense nursing involvement. The suffering seen in these settings is described in this chapter by nurses who have witnessed the suffering within these contexts. The discussion explores these contexts both in terms of common themes and in terms of the goals of nursing in caring for individuals under these circumstances.
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