Phantom limb pain: A nursing perspective

Virani, Anila, Green, Theresa, & Turin, Tanvir C. (2014) Phantom limb pain: A nursing perspective. Nursing Standard, 29(1), pp. 44-50.

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Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a neuropathic pain condition occurring after amputation of a limb. PLP affects amputees’ quality of life and results in loss of productivity and psychological distress. The origin of pain from a non-existing limb creates a challenging situation for both patients and nurses. It is imperative to provide patients and nurses with the knowledge that PLP is a real phenomenon that requires care and treatment. This knowledge will lead to reduced problems for patients by allowing them to talk about PLP and ask for help when needed. Understanding of this phenomenon will enable nurses to appreciate the unique features of this form of neuropathic pain and apply appropriate techniques to promote effective pain management. Performing accurate and frequent assessments to understand the unique characteristics of PLP, displaying a non-judgemental attitude towards patients and teaching throughout the peri-operative process are significant nursing interventions.

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ID Code: 90755
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Amputation, nursing assessment, pain management, patient teaching, phantom limb pain
DOI: 10.7748/ns.29.1.44.e8730
ISSN: 2047-9018
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 RCNi Ltd
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2015 23:20
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 04:21

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