How do older adults manage osteoarthritis pain? the need for a person-centered disease model

Laura H. Barg-Walkow, Sara E. McBride, Michael J. Morgan, Tracy L. Mitzner, Camilla C. Knott, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

In the United States, chronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans, differentially impacting older adults. One of the leading causes of pain for older adults is osteoarthritis. This disease affects approximately 14% of the United States population and can cause disability and mobility problems, in addition to having a high cost for the healthcare system. The methods individuals use to manage their pain are contingent upon their model of the disease (e.g., their beliefs about osteoarthritis pain management). The purpose of the present investigation was to: 1) understand what variables older adults with osteoarthritis believe impact pain, and 2) understand current approaches for self-management of osteoarthritis pain. We conducted structured interviews with eight older adults who have osteoarthritis. The interviews revealed current approaches in pain management, as well as gaps in knowledge. We propose an expansion of the idea of a general disease model for pain management that is patient-centered, allowing for personal customization of factors for reducing pain and increasing successful pain-management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2013
Pages743-747
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event57th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting - 2013, HFES 2013 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2013Oct 4 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other57th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting - 2013, HFES 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period9/30/1310/4/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Barg-Walkow, L. H., McBride, S. E., Morgan, M. J., Mitzner, T. L., Knott, C. C., & Rogers, W. A. (2013). How do older adults manage osteoarthritis pain? the need for a person-centered disease model. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2013 (pp. 743-747). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931213571162