Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain From the Perspective of Turkish Patients: A Qualitative Study

J Transcult Nurs. 2018 Nov;29(6):514-522. doi: 10.1177/1043659617753044. Epub 2018 Jan 17.


Introduction: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) affects almost 30% to 50% of patients with diabetes, 40% to 60% of whom suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP). Few studies have focused on individual experiences of DPNP in patients with diabetes. The purpose of this qualitative study was to elucidate the effects of DPNP on daily life and individual feelings regarding living with DPNP from the perspective of Turkish patients.

Method: A total of 14 patients were interviewed, and interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to identify themes.

Results: Findings indicated four main themes, including (a) physical limitations, (b) difficulties with daily routines, (c) social limitations, and (d) psychological impacts such as emotional changes, and being a burden on family.

Conclusion: This study revealed that the majority of patients carry significant concerns about becoming a burden on their family and are afraid of becoming dependent on others because of DPNP.

Implication for practice: For the effective management of DPNP, health professionals need to consider using a holistic approach to address difficulties in daily living such as physical limitations and sexual problems.

Keywords: diabetes in Turkey; diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain; interpretative phenomenological analysis; lived experiences.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / complications*
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Life / psychology*