Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Department

Nursing

First Committee Member

Margaret Louis

Number of Pages

104

Abstract

The insistent presence of pain for the millions of persons with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can drastically reduce an individual's quality of life. Self-management approaches for arthritis pain relief are being emphasized and individuals needs a medley of pain management methods to select from to help manage arthritis pain; The Pain Management Inventory (PMI) was used in a descriptive design with a convenience sample (n = 91) to identify pain management methods individuals with arthritis use and find helpful. Exercising was the method used by the largest number of respondents and was also perceived as most helpful. The methods used by the second and third largest number of individuals were resting and pacing activities. In contrast, the second and third perceived most helpful methods were using a heated tub, pool or shower and taking medicine ordered by a physician; The demographic factors age, disability due to arthritis and how long the individual had experienced arthritis pain correlated with the use of at least one of the 22 methods indexed on the PMI.

Keywords

Arthritis; Chronic; Management; Pain; Patients; Self-management

Controlled Subject

Nursing

File Format

pdf

File Size

2611.2 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/5fmm-ld3r


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