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Revista Salud Uninorte

Print version ISSN 0120-5552On-line version ISSN 2011-7531


ALVARADO GARCIA, Alejandra María  and  SALAZAR MAYA, Ángela María. Learning to live with chronic pain in old age. Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2018, vol.34, n.2, pp.349-362. ISSN 0120-5552.


To understand meanings and process that the older adult travels through living with benign chronic pain in aging.


In-depth interviews to 25 elderly patients with benign chronic pain, for the analysis of the data was used the grounded theory, with theoretical sampling until reaching theoretical saturation.


Four categories emerged: 1) Feeling the body hurt, 2) Understanding limitations, 3) Overcoming pain, and 4) Living with pain. The central category: "Learning to live with pain: from incomprehension to adaptation". Also, a common process was identified: 1) Discovery of pain, 2) Experiencing a life of pain, 3) Adapting to a life of change, and 4) Reflection on experience. The meanings and stages of the process comprise the coping strategies used by older adults to cope with their painful situations.


This study proposes a creative and meaningful conceptualization "Learning to live with chronic pain in old age: from incomprehension to adaptation". The synthesis of process and meanings specifically capture experience and increase the utility of theory in practice.

Keywords : Chronic Pain; Geriatrics; Nursing Theory; Grounded Theory (Bireme DeCS).

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