Sunday, November 13, 2005
This presentation is part of : Women's Health Issues
Perceptions of Chronic Pain of Appalachian Women
Karen Stanley, RN, DNSc, Nursing, marshall University College of Health Professions, Huntington, WV, USA
Learning Objective #1: Describe perceptions of Appalachian women experiencing chronic pain
Learning Objective #2: Describe powerlessness of Appalachian women experiencing chronic pain

Chronic pain is a frequent problem experienced by individuals residing in Appalachia. Appalachia is a depressed geographical region and chronic illnesses and pain result from environmental factors as well as poverty and life style choices. Individual's are at high risk to develop obesity, arthritis, and uncontrolled diabetes. A true Appalachia native exhibits personality traits unique to the area. People are stoic and fatalistic thus health care professionals have difficulty facilitating life style education. Women are considered to be the nurturers of the family and consider an illness to be a character weakness. This study explored the perceptions of chronic pain of the Appalachian woman.