Perceptions of Patients with Chronic Pain and their uses of Traditional and Alternative Methods of Treatment

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Presentation
Title:
Perceptions of Patients with Chronic Pain and their uses of Traditional and Alternative Methods of Treatment
Abstract:
Perceptions of Patients with Chronic Pain and their uses of Traditional and Alternative Methods of Treatment
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Ayers, Denise
P.I. Institution Name:Kent State University
Chronic pain is a significant health problem in today’s society. Many of those with chronic pain are cared for in the home. They may be on disability and are unable to work. Despite the efforts of researchers and practitioners, no one intervention has been found that totally relieves their pain. Three areas are identified for the treatment of chronic pain: traditional methods, alternative methods and chronic pain clinic methods. Traditional methods such as over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications are commonly utilized but are not always effective. Alternative methods for pain relief have recently become popular and include such forms as music, magnets, massage, use of a support person, herbs, prayer/spirituality, biofeedback and touch therapy. Chronic pain clinics methods, which specifically focus on identifying and treating the source of the pain, have emerged and offer a variety of forms of treatment ranging from oral medications to invasive methods. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess 50 patients who have chronic pain and their use of and evaluation of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods and combinations of such treatments. By using the “Pain Ruler,” patients were asked to rate their pain before and after use of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods. Additionally, combinations of any therapies used were documented with before and after responses. Traditional methods of pain relief use indicated that 96% used prescription medications and 82% used over-the-counter medications. Alternative methods revealed 46% used prayer and 40% used a support person to assist in relieving their discomfort. Chronic pain clinic methods indicated that 46% were given oral medications and 44% used epidurals followed by the use of steroidal injections at 38% and electrical stimulations 28%. This study indicated that patients used more than one form of therapy for pain relief. Responses to the use of combinations of therapies indicated that 94% used all three methods while 6% used traditional and chronic pain clinic methods. Pain relief was found to decrease significantly with the use of chronic pain clinic methods. Combinations of the use of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic therapies also revealed a significant decrease in the patient’s level of pain. In summary, this study indicated that patient’s use a variety of methods to relieve pain. Nurses, especially those caring for patients in the home setting, need to be knowledgeable about chronic pain and the traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods of treatment available. By appropriate assessment and management of the patient in pain, nurses along with other members of the healthcare team can be instrumental in providing pain relief.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePerceptions of Patients with Chronic Pain and their uses of Traditional and Alternative Methods of Treatmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150195-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Perceptions of Patients with Chronic Pain and their uses of Traditional and Alternative Methods of Treatment</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ayers, Denise</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Kent State University</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dayers@tusc.kent.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Chronic pain is a significant health problem in today&rsquo;s society. Many of those with chronic pain are cared for in the home. They may be on disability and are unable to work. Despite the efforts of researchers and practitioners, no one intervention has been found that totally relieves their pain. Three areas are identified for the treatment of chronic pain: traditional methods, alternative methods and chronic pain clinic methods. Traditional methods such as over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications are commonly utilized but are not always effective. Alternative methods for pain relief have recently become popular and include such forms as music, magnets, massage, use of a support person, herbs, prayer/spirituality, biofeedback and touch therapy. Chronic pain clinics methods, which specifically focus on identifying and treating the source of the pain, have emerged and offer a variety of forms of treatment ranging from oral medications to invasive methods. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess 50 patients who have chronic pain and their use of and evaluation of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods and combinations of such treatments. By using the &ldquo;Pain Ruler,&rdquo; patients were asked to rate their pain before and after use of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods. Additionally, combinations of any therapies used were documented with before and after responses. Traditional methods of pain relief use indicated that 96% used prescription medications and 82% used over-the-counter medications. Alternative methods revealed 46% used prayer and 40% used a support person to assist in relieving their discomfort. Chronic pain clinic methods indicated that 46% were given oral medications and 44% used epidurals followed by the use of steroidal injections at 38% and electrical stimulations 28%. This study indicated that patients used more than one form of therapy for pain relief. Responses to the use of combinations of therapies indicated that 94% used all three methods while 6% used traditional and chronic pain clinic methods. Pain relief was found to decrease significantly with the use of chronic pain clinic methods. Combinations of the use of traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic therapies also revealed a significant decrease in the patient&rsquo;s level of pain. In summary, this study indicated that patient&rsquo;s use a variety of methods to relieve pain. Nurses, especially those caring for patients in the home setting, need to be knowledgeable about chronic pain and the traditional, alternative and chronic pain clinic methods of treatment available. By appropriate assessment and management of the patient in pain, nurses along with other members of the healthcare team can be instrumental in providing pain relief.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:18:40Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:18:40Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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