Cisplatin: PDF OnlyInhibition in expressing pain A qualitative study among Dutch surgical breast cancer patientsFrancke, Anneke L. M. A., R.N.; Theeuwen, Iris M. A.Author Information Anneke L. Francke is a Researcher, Helen Dowling Institute for Biopsychosocial Medicine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Iris Theeuwen is a Nurse Scientist. Cancer Nursing: June 1994 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 193-199 Buy Abstract In this qualitative study, 26 white Dutch women were interviewed who had recently undergone breast cancer surgery. The interviews indicated that during their hospital stay many of them had hardly expressed their postoperative pain and had rarely asked for pain medication. Patients' conceptions of postoperative pain and analgesics, their insecurity and lack of assertive-ness, and some suboptimal interactions with nurses seem to have been associated with their inhibition in reporting pain. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.