Pain in adolescents living with HIV

3rd September 2021

Pain among adolescents living with HIV in Malawi is often under-reported and pain management is suboptimal. Researchers based at the Cicely Saunders Institute explored stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences on pain self-management.

The data showed that adolescents experienced ‘total pain’, they prefer group-based self-management approaches, and they use prescribed drugs, traditional medicine, and non-pharmacological interventions to manage pain. A person-centred care approach to self-management of chronic pain among adolescents is needed.  

Nkhoma KB, Mwalabu GT, Bristowe K, Lungu EA, Harding R. Stakeholders’ perspectives and requirements on pain self-management for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi: a cross-sectional qualitative study.  AIDS Care. 2021 Jun 21:1-14. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2021.1939850. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34152886.  

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