Exploring Cancer Pain Self-Management Needs and Preferences: A Meta-Ethnography

Alice Anderson, Angela Starkweather, Xiaomei Cong, Kim Kyounghae, Michelle Judge, Dena Schulman-Green

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Self-management of chronic disease and related symptoms provides a framework for understanding the contextual factors that influence self-management knowledge and skills that patients and families require to manage their condition on a day-to-day basis. The management of cancer pain is a significant issue for patients and families, and their experience can provide insight on cancer pain self-management support needs and preferences. A meta-synthesis of 20 qualitative research articles on self-management of cancer pain was conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the self-management support needs of patients with cancer pain. Noblit and Hare’s meta-ethnographic model was used. The meta-synthesis resulted in increased understanding of the needs and preferences for self-management support of cancer pain and the role of the health care practitioner. Practical implications are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1609-1621
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • cancer pain
  • qualitative research
  • self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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