Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C
Deborah Schumacher, DNP, PHN, RN
Eritrean immigrants who are marginalized are at risk of experiencing chronic pain as an underlying symptom of psycho-social disequilibrium post-migration. Eritrean immigrants have a greater chance of misdiagnoses, inadequate care, and psychological disparities making them susceptible to chronic pain. Advanced nurse practitioners could significantly improve health outcomes by addressing some of these disparities when caring for this population. The purpose of this project was to explore if Eritrean immigrants who are marginalized are at risk of experiencing chronic pain symptoms. The literature review has shown that utilizing an integrative health modality such as Hatha Yoga can alleviate chronic pain for longer duration than other treatment modalities. Hatha Yoga can treat both physical and psychosocial symptoms associated with chronic pain. This project implemented Hatha Yoga to 10 participants who practiced 45-minute weekly sessions for 6 weeks. Participants reported lower pain scores post intervention than pre intervention. Implications for future practice include a longer integrative intervention, continued follow- up care, and promoting a therapeutic patient and practitioner relationship.
Goitom, Senayet A., "Benefits of Hatha Yoga use: Integrative Therapy for Chronic Pain" (2022). Theses and Graduate Projects. 1166.