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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Thesis Committee Chairperson

Lisa Ball, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Second Reader

Linda Kilger, MSN, RN


A quantitative, anonymous descriptive survey study was conducted to elicit experiences with, and perceptions of, pain management in the general United States population. The theoretical framework used to guide this study was Dossey’s (2008) Theory of Integral Nursing. It challenges nurses to engage patients and their families in their own healing and to work collaboratively with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team to design novel initiatives that advance pain management practice (Dossey, 2008). The central concept of Dossey’s theory is healing and is conceptualized as a process that includes “knowing, doing, and being,” as part of a life-long journey towards personal harmony. This harmony is conveyed to the patient through caring actions and integral dialogues (Dossey, 2008). The survey used to collect data was designed by the researcher and dispersed by means of Survey Monkey. The sample included 65 participants age 18 years and older from across the United States. This study demonstrated a need for continued research regarding pain management education, and strategies for health care providers, as well as, the importance of the patient/provider relationship. Future studies should consider new education strategies for providers and patients to improve quality of health care, as well as research for ways to improve the patient/provider relationship that will promote communication between the patient and provider leading to greater satisfaction with pain management care.