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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Robin Arends


chronic pain, self-management, quality of life


Over 100 million Americans experience chronic pain (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2011). Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of daily life including sleep, exercising, relationships, and work. This contributes to an overall decreased quality of life (Riva, Camerini, Allam, & Schulz, 2014). Chronic pain self-management is a non-pharmaceutical intervention designed to educate people with chronic pain about pain mechanisms and assist them to develop coping mechanisms to live with chronic pain. This DNP Project utilized a self-management program for people with chronic pain based on programming developed by the University of California Davis to improve overall quality of life. Quality of life was measured using pre-intervention versus post-intervention comparison of healthy days utilizing the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Days Measures. Results demonstrated clinical significance in improved number of healthy days versus unhealthy days and statistical significance in improvement in specific measures including decreased number of sleepless nights per month, decreased perceived pain level, and decreased number of days experiencing pain per month.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Chronic pain -- Treatment
Self-care, Health
Quality of life


Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-66)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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