Nursing Intervention to Facilitate Patient Activation for Improved Pain Self Management

This interdisciplinary team, with scholars from nursing, psychology, surgery, statistics, and other fields, evaluated a counseling intervention to promote successful pain self-management in patients after spine surgery. The team measured patients’ pain, function and depression, and compared controls with an intervention group. Pain counseling was successfully integrated into a busy specialty surgery practice during this study; the team gained valuable perspective on the system level issues involved. The team was led by Deborah Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN, Debra Fishman, PsyD, a psychologist and Richard Wanlass, PhD, a clinical psychologist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

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Interprofessional collaboration (R2)
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Dr. Deborah Ward
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Dr. Debra Fishman

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