Responding to the cues of suffering

Health Care Women Int. 2000 Jan-Feb;21(1):1-9. doi: 10.1080/073993300245366.

Abstract

Enduring and suffering are fundamental and normal responses to catastrophic loss, yet strangely these two basic states have not been extensively explored using qualitative methods. Both states occur commonly as a human response to illness, injury, and bereavement, and it is the role of professional caregivers to respond to people who are in distress. In this article, I distinguish between states of enduring and suffering, discuss the distinctly different and appropriate comforting strategies to be used with each, and conclude by presenting questions for future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Cues
  • Grief
  • Helping Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Assessment / methods
  • Pain / nursing*
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / nursing*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*