Date of Award

12-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Anna Hamrick

Abstract

As the number of individuals suffering with chronic pain escalates, management is shifting from pain specialists to primary care providers. Nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly responsible for the management of this complex patient population. Analgesics, primarily opioids, have been the standard of chronic pain management with a resulting national crisis related to overuse, improper use, and illegal use of these substances. Mindfulness-based meditation has gained increasing interest and acceptance by both the individuals suffering with chronic pain and the providers managing those who suffer, however, limited investigation is available related to brief interventions provided at point-of-care. This Capstone Project evaluated the effect of a brief mindfulness-based meditation intervention implemented at point-of-care to patients diagnosed with chronic pain over a four week time span measuring pain level, mindfulness self-efficacy, and quality of life. Findings demonstrated that an individual’s level of mindfulness self-efficacy positively relates to quality of life measures after use of a brief mindfulness-based meditation intervention. Additionally, individuals diagnosed with chronic pain less than five years demonstrated an improved response in mindfulness self-efficacy and quality of life measures after implementation of a brief mindfulness-based meditation intervention.

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