Non-Pharmacologic Treatment of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease (207)

5:00–6:00 pm Thursday, September 5

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is characterized by episodes of severe and unpredictable pain that requires adaptation to remain healthy and functional. A more holistic view of pain assessment and treatment is necessary to address the bio-psychosocial needs of the individual in or at risk for pain. The treatment of SCD should include all available modalities to enhance the disease process, pain management, and psychosocial functioning.

In addition to pain medications, complementary and alternative medicine therapies should be considered as a part of a comprehensive biopsychosocial model of pain control for these patients. This presentation will review the mechanisms of acute and chronic pain in sickle cell disease. The physical and psychological complications including pain conditions, fatigue, mood disorders, and ineffective coping will be discussed. Finally, a review of current research in how nonpharmacologic treatment of pain may enhance the quality of life and pain control will be reviewed.

Megan Coco, MSN RN CPNP-PC
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