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Authors: Weaver, Stasia
Supervisor(s): Dr. Simon Nuttgens, Athabasca University
Examining Committee: Dr. Kathleen Leslie, Athabasca University
Dr. Karah Ross, Athabasca University
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Opioid crisis
Chronic pain
Pain management
Opioid use
Systems-level initiatives
Institutionalized stigma
Issue Date: 23-Dec-2021
Abstract: For many individuals with chronic pain, opioid therapy is the only safe, effective, and affordable option for pain management. This study used interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the experiences of four Canadian females managing chronic non-cancer pain to better understand how opioid-related systems-level initiatives impact chronic pain management. Participants provided insight into how the opioid crisis impacted their access to chronic pain treatment, relationships and interactions with medical providers, and their physical and mental health. The results of this study indicate that the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of individuals using opioid therapy to manage chronic pain is significantly impacted by systems- level initiatives such as prescribing guidelines and prescription drug monitoring programs. Further, this study found that systems-level initiatives further exacerbate the institutionalized stigma commonly experienced by individuals with chronic pain. Lastly, this study supports the necessity of further research on how health policy impacts the chronic pain community.
Graduation Date: Dec-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/365
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