The Population Of Interest, Patients With Chronic Back Pain

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Identifying the population of interest in a desired project or research is essential to the focus area and ability to achieve the aim of the research. Having a research result that can be easily applicable is often dependent on the type of population sampled (Banerjee & Chaudhury, 2010). This paper will focus on the population of interest, patients with chronic back pain (CBP), while expatiating on the identified health risk of opioid use disorder (OUD) by sharing details on statistics, characteristics, health concerns, and various potential solutions to their identified concerns. Population of Interest As a psychiatric and mental health nurse (PMHN) practicing in the adult psychiatric/chemical dependence unit of my hospital, I daily…show more content…
Population Characteristics According to the statistics, provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention (2014a), back pain is reported as prevalent in over 65 million people with age ranging from 18 years and above, in the United States of America (U.S. A). The World Health Organization (WHO) notes about 80% of people experiences back pain during their live time (WHO, 2017). CBP can be caused by various factors such as mechanical (sprains, trauma, or herniated disc), spondylosis (which is related to normal wear of the joints and bones), and underlying conditions (infections, osteoporosis, or fibromyalgia). Patients with CBP are often prone to several health, physical, and social issues aside from the clinically identified potential for OUD. Some of the noted concerns include reduced capability in fulfilling activities of daily living (ADL), poor mobility that results in sedentary lifestyles, poor sleep related to positioning, reduced productivity at work, psychological increase in anxiety and stress level, and impaired social life (CDC ,2014a; NINDS, 2017; WHO, 2017). The primary health concern for this identified group is the pain factor and its management with chronic use of opioid which results in OUD due mostly to Ill-informed pain management method in relation to insufficient information regarding opioid pain medication and underutilizing evidence based alternate pain relieving measures (CDC, 2016;
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