Addressing Phantom Pain Through Occupational Participation: A Qualitative Study of Support Group Participants
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the adaptation process of support group participants who are survivors of lower limb amputation (LLA) experiencing phantom limb pain (PLP). The study followed a qualitative, descriptive phenomenological design. Ten adult participants with LLA met inclusion criteria and through semi-structured interviews shared their lived experience. A qualitative descriptive methodology was used to analyze the data collected from interview transcriptions. Analysis involved coding and theme development. Three themes emerged: PLP interrupted but does not prevent participation, adapting to PLP allowed for continued participation in meaningful occupations, and education to promote self-management of PLP. Themes identified highlight the importance of social support and early education on PLP to facilitate the adaption process and promote occupational participation. The finding underscores the value of empowering survivors to self-manage pain through their own personal and unique ways.
OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
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Camacho, Victor M.; Carlson, Anna N.; and Bondoc, Salvador, "Addressing Phantom Pain Through Occupational Participation: A Qualitative Study of Support Group Participants" (2021). Kean Publications. 988.