This study received funding support provided by the Jody DeMeyer Endowment.
Content Analyses of A Priori Qualitative Phantom Limb Pain Descriptions and Emerging Categories in Mid-Southerners with Limb Loss
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 207–215, July/August 2014
How to Cite
Evans, C. B. (2014), Content Analyses of A Priori Qualitative Phantom Limb Pain Descriptions and Emerging Categories in Mid-Southerners with Limb Loss. Rehabilitation Nursing, 39: 207–215. doi: 10.1002/rnj.84
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 DEC 2012
- Jody DeMeyer Endowment
- Phantom limb pain;
- pain quality description
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.
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.
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.
The detailed descriptions of PLP provide insight into the vivid experiences of PLP.
Rehabilitation nurses can use this information with PLP assessment, patient teaching, and counseling.