The purposes of this descriptive study were (a) to identify the relative frequencies of a priori categories of phantom limb pain (PLP) quality descriptors reported by Mid-Southerners with limb loss, (b) to analyze their descriptions for emerging categories of PLP, and (c) to identify the relative frequencies of the emerging categories.
This cross-sectional descriptive verbal survey assessed PLP descriptors. A content analyses determined relative frequencies of a priori PLP descriptors as well as emerging categories that were identified.
The most common a priori PLP quality descriptors reported by 52 amputees with PLP were intermittent, tingling/needles/numb, sharp, cramping, burning, and stabbing. The most common emerging categories reported were pain compared to illness/injury, electrical cyclical, and manipulated/positional.
The detailed descriptions of PLP provide insight into the vivid experiences of PLP.
Rehabilitation nurses can use this information with PLP assessment, patient teaching, and counseling.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Rehabilitation Nursing, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1002/rnj.84
Evans, Cecile B.. (2014). "Content Analyses of A Priori Qualitative Phantom Limb Pain Descriptions and Emerging Categories in Mid-Southerners with Limb Loss". Rehabilitation Nursing, 39(4), 207-215. https://doi.org/10.1002/rnj.84