AuthorFrisch, Courtney Lanier
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThis thesis examines the most current research on mind body therapies in pain management. The purpose of exploring mind body therapies in pain management is to move away from the use of opioids to manage pain and towards an integrative nursing approach. The opioid epidemic is growing, and the statistics are tragic. In 2016, an estimated 2.4 million Americans had an opioid use disorder (Ryan, 2018). Pain is a challenge that affects Americans in all populations. The American Nurses Association states that 11-40% of the U.S. population reports some level of chronic pain for a time period over three months (American Nurses Association, 2018). The literature review that has been conducted in this thesis analyzes the best practices of mind body therapies to manage pain. The mind body therapies recognized in this thesis include mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. The goal of this research is to improve the opioid epidemic statistics by removing opioids or decreasing the dose and frequency of opioids in pain management plans through education. In addition to the literature review, this thesis will outline best practice recommendations, a projected implementation plan and a proposed evaluation of the implementation method.