Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Caroline Shanti, Ph.D., LCSW

Abstract

The topic of chronic pain and pain management continues to be heavily discussed by healthcare providers today. In the state of Maine, the recent limit on Opioid prescriptions raised questions regarding sustainable and alternative, long-term treatment options for patients. Many patients suffering from chronic pain are now tapering off their prescriptions and seeking alternative treatment options such as acupuncture, herbal remedies/supplements, massage, mind-body techniques, and yoga. This qualitative study was designed to explore patients attitudes on alternative treatment approaches. Seven individuals who suffer from chronic pain participated in interviews exploring their journey toward pain relief. The findings from this study were analyzed using thematic analysis, with a focus on identifying themes related to attitudes and experiences with alternative approaches. This study offers valuable information to build and inform healthcare professionals knowledge of what treatment options their patients find most effective, as well as offers potentially helpful information for other chronic pain sufferers seeking treatment.

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