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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158389
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Living With Pain: The Experience of Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Abstract:
Living With Pain: The Experience of Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Purdue University
Title:School of Nursing
Contact Address:10200 W 44th Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 80033, USA
Contact Telephone:765-496-9027
Co-Authors:R. Schweitzer, , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;
Background: Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensation of physical and emotional hurt associated with tissue damage. But the reality of women living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) pain is a much fuller experience than this dictionary definition describes. RA affects over 2 million Americans and is 2-3 times more prevalent in women. This chronic disease is punctuated by remissions and exacerbations of the inflammatory process. RA pain can be overwhelming. The uncertainty of RA pain can impact well being, resulting in anxiety and depression. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore women's perspectives of their experiences in living with severe, debilitating RA. The objectives included: 1) exploring individual meanings and experiences associated with RA pain, and 2) better understanding these women's efforts to maintain or enhance their quality of life in the face of the pain. Methodology: This qualitative study explored quality of life in women with Stage3/4 RA. Seven English speaking and 5 Spanish speaking women were interviewed 3 times. Semi-structured audiotaped interviews captured their experience of RA pain and its impact on their lives. Descriptive, phenomenological methods were used for data generation and analysis. Findings: Eight patterns included: 1) 'Everything Hurts but my Hair'; 2) Living on a Roller Coaster; 3) Living in a Shrinking World; 4) Perseverance 5) Maintaining Self in Pain and Suffering; 6) Transcending Uncertainty; 7) Creating Meaning; and 8) Cultural Diversity and Pain. Implications: Hearing experiences from the perspective of women with RA pain is important for practice and knowledge development. Deeper appreciation of living with tides of pain and suffering helps nurses in re-conceptualizing and enhancing clinical practice. The women's words and stories create a 'human' perspective. They will also inform development and testing of nursing interventions to enhance coping abilities for RA pain and suffering.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLiving With Pain: The Experience of Women with Rheumatoid Arthritisen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158389-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Living With Pain: The Experience of Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</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">Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Purdue University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">10200 W 44th Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 80033, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">765-496-9027</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rschweit@purdue.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">R. Schweitzer, , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensation of physical and emotional hurt associated with tissue damage. But the reality of women living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) pain is a much fuller experience than this dictionary definition describes. RA affects over 2 million Americans and is 2-3 times more prevalent in women. This chronic disease is punctuated by remissions and exacerbations of the inflammatory process. RA pain can be overwhelming. The uncertainty of RA pain can impact well being, resulting in anxiety and depression. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore women's perspectives of their experiences in living with severe, debilitating RA. The objectives included: 1) exploring individual meanings and experiences associated with RA pain, and 2) better understanding these women's efforts to maintain or enhance their quality of life in the face of the pain. Methodology: This qualitative study explored quality of life in women with Stage3/4 RA. Seven English speaking and 5 Spanish speaking women were interviewed 3 times. Semi-structured audiotaped interviews captured their experience of RA pain and its impact on their lives. Descriptive, phenomenological methods were used for data generation and analysis. Findings: Eight patterns included: 1) 'Everything Hurts but my Hair'; 2) Living on a Roller Coaster; 3) Living in a Shrinking World; 4) Perseverance 5) Maintaining Self in Pain and Suffering; 6) Transcending Uncertainty; 7) Creating Meaning; and 8) Cultural Diversity and Pain. Implications: Hearing experiences from the perspective of women with RA pain is important for practice and knowledge development. Deeper appreciation of living with tides of pain and suffering helps nurses in re-conceptualizing and enhancing clinical practice. The women's words and stories create a 'human' perspective. They will also inform development and testing of nursing interventions to enhance coping abilities for RA pain and suffering.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:00:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:00:06Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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