Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
XAVIER, Thaiza Teixeira; TORRES, Gilson de Vasconcelos and ROCHA, Vera Maria da. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of pain in lateral posterior thoracotomy patients. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.5, pp. 708-712. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692006000500011.
Descriptive study that proposed to compare the qualitative and quantitative behavior of the pain in lateral posterior thoracotomy patients. The sample was consisted of 18 individuals with an average age of 44 years. The instruments used were physiotherapy evaluation form, numerical pain scale and McGill questionnaire for pain. The pain on the numerical pain scale was considered moderate(5) for both sexes. The descriptors of the McGill questionnaire choosen by the patients with higher frequency were: in the sensorial component, beat4, pointed1, shock2, final and pull2; in the afetive component, tired1, bored1, punishald1 and miserable1 and in the evaluative component was flat. The characteristics of pain in the sensorial group were more evidents on male group. No significant statistical difeferences were observed between quantitative answers concerning pain between the men and women. On the qualitative aspects , was observed an predominancy of the same descriptors of pain in afetive component for both sexes. Pain intensity was categorized as moderate. No significant statistical difference were observed between the pain on the post-operatory lateral posterior thoracotomy. These data demonstrate a necessity for an analysis with a larger study group.
Keywords : thoracotomy; pain measurement.