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Commentary on: Skarstein S, Lagerløv P, Kvarme LG, et al. Pain and development of identity in adolescents who frequently use over-the-counter analgesics: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs 2018;27:3583–91. doi:10.1111/jocn.14513
Implications for practice and research
A mother’s pain beliefs are influential in shaping an adolescents beliefs, behaviours and coping strategies.
There is a historical pattern of pain beliefs and behaviour within families.
Further qualitative exploration is needed using co-design, a more diverse group and involvement of fathers.
Chronic pain affects more than 15% of able-bodied adolescents and 27% of those with disabilities.1 Adolescents frequently use over-the-counter analgesics (OTCA): this paper contends that reliance on analgesia limits the opportunity for development of healthier coping strategies.2 A child’s development shapes the way he or she understands and expresses pain. Koslowska3 explains this …
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