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Human Studies

2019 Dec 12

Res Gerontol Nurs

The Reciprocal Relationship of Pain and Movement in African American Older Adults With Multi-Joint Osteoarthritis.



Pain with movement is a common issue for older adults with osteoarthritis; however, there has been insufficient attention within populations at increased risk for disabling pain, such as African American older adults. Accordingly, using a mixed methods approach, the purpose of the current study is to describe the nature of chronic joint pain and movement and its impact on physical function in African American older adults with symptomatic osteoarthritis. The authors accrued a sample of 110 African American older adults who completed cross-sectional surveys; from this sample, the authors interviewed 18 participants. Findings suggest that patterns of movement are uniquely influenced by pain. Specifically, three dynamic themes emerged: The Impact of Pain on Movement; The Importance and Impact of Movement on Pain; and The Adaptation of Personal Behaviors to Minimize Pain With Movement. Function-focused nursing care rests on addressing challenges and opportunities that African American older adults face in maintaining healthy movement when managing osteoarthritis pain. [Research in Gerontological Nursing, xx(x), xx-xx.].