UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND NURSING PROFESSOR TO STUDY CHRONIC PAIN IN TRAUMA PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM LOWER-LEG FRACTURES
Chronic pain is a major issue affecting trauma patients suffering from lower-extremity fractures. Having this type of fracture causes the highest incidence rate of chronic pain, with individuals having the condition to seek frequent medical care compared to trauma patients who don’t develop chronic pain.
That’s why a nursing professor from the University of Maryland who was awarded with a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will lead to investigate chronic pain in trauma patients suffering from lower-leg fractures.
Cynthia Renn, PhD, MS, RN, associate professor in the University of Maryland School Of Nursing (UMSON), who’s serving as principal investigator for the study joined by her team of medical professionals, Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, and UMSON alumna Mari Griffioen, PhD, MS, BSN, will seek to examine if psychological, clinical, and sociodemographic factors are predictive of chronic pain characteristics in patients during the year following a lower-extremity fracture.
“This project is enormously important. Not only as it relates to improving the quality of life for trauma patients, but this study may also shed light on factors that play a role in other chronic pain conditions.”, Renn said in an interview.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ encourages nurse researchers to monitor the development of this study creating new ways to alleviate the condition of trauma patients suffering from chronic pain immediately lowering its occurrence and lessening the patients' medical care follow-ups.
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