Pain Prevalence, Experiences, and Self-Care Management Strategies among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Taiwan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151897
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Pain Prevalence, Experiences, and Self-Care Management Strategies among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Taiwan
Abstract:
Pain Prevalence, Experiences, and Self-Care Management Strategies among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Taiwan
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Tsai, Yun-Fang, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:School of Nursing
Title:Chair & Professor
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore pain prevalence, experiences, and self-care management strategies among community-dwelling elderly in Taiwan. Methods: A convenience sample of elderly persons (N=1054) was recruited from outpatient clinics of two hospitals in northern Taiwan. Results: Participants' pain prevalence was 50.0% and the average number of pain sites was 3.9 (SD=5.8). Knees were the most commonly described pain site, but the most painful site was the spinal cord area. The mean pain intensity was 3.1 (SD=1.8) and pain interference was 2.8 (SD=2.1). Most participants took prescribed medications to deal with pain; doctors were the main information source for this self-care strategy. Although participants reported using various self-care pain-management strategies, most still reported moderate-to-severe worst pain. Conclusion: This finding suggests that community-dwelling elders in Taiwan know little about managing pain symptoms. Since health care providers play an important role in helping the elderly to manage pain, the authors recommend training health care providers to perform regular pain assessments and to provide current knowledge about pain assessment and pain-management strategies.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePain Prevalence, Experiences, and Self-Care Management Strategies among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Taiwanen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151897-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Pain Prevalence, Experiences, and Self-Care Management Strategies among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Taiwan</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">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Tsai, Yun-Fang, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Chair &amp; Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">yftsai@mail.cgu.edu.tw</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore pain prevalence, experiences, and self-care management strategies among community-dwelling elderly in Taiwan. Methods: A convenience sample of elderly persons (N=1054) was recruited from outpatient clinics of two hospitals in northern Taiwan. Results: Participants' pain prevalence was 50.0% and the average number of pain sites was 3.9 (SD=5.8). Knees were the most commonly described pain site, but the most painful site was the spinal cord area. The mean pain intensity was 3.1 (SD=1.8) and pain interference was 2.8 (SD=2.1). Most participants took prescribed medications to deal with pain; doctors were the main information source for this self-care strategy. Although participants reported using various self-care pain-management strategies, most still reported moderate-to-severe worst pain. Conclusion: This finding suggests that community-dwelling elders in Taiwan know little about managing pain symptoms. Since health care providers play an important role in helping the elderly to manage pain, the authors recommend training health care providers to perform regular pain assessments and to provide current knowledge about pain assessment and pain-management strategies.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:17:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:17:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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