Content Analyses of A Priori Qualitative Phantom Limb Pain Descriptions and Emerging Categories in Mid-Southerners with Limb LossRehabilitation Nursing
AbstractPurpose The purposes of this descriptive study were (a) to identify the relative frequencies of a priori categories of phantom limb pain (PLP) quality descriptors reported by Mid-Southerners with limb loss, (b) to analyze their descriptions for emerging categories of PLP, and (c) to identify the relative frequencies of the emerging categories. Design This cross-sectional descriptive verbal survey assessed PLP descriptors. A content analyses determined relative frequencies of a priori PLP descriptors as well as emerging categories that were identified. Findings The most common a priori PLP quality descriptors reported by 52 amputees with PLP were intermittent, tingling/needles/numb, sharp, cramping, burning, and stabbing. The most common emerging categories reported were pain compared to illness/injury, electrical cyclical, and manipulated/positional. Conclusion The detailed descriptions of PLP provide insight into the vivid experiences of PLP. Clinical Relevance Rehabilitation nurses can use this information with PLP assessment, patient teaching, and counseling.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Rehabilitation Nursing, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1002/rnj.84
Citation InformationCecile B. Evans. "Content Analyses of A Priori Qualitative Phantom Limb Pain Descriptions and Emerging Categories in Mid-Southerners with Limb Loss" Rehabilitation Nursing (2014)
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