Authors: Michaela Poitevien and Staja Booker
Faculty Mentor: Staja Booker, PhD, RN
College: College of Nursing
Evidence suggests that osteoarthritis (OA) is the primary cause of pain and disability among middle-aged and older persons (aged 50-90). A more detailed perspective into this demographic reveals that there is a higher burden of disabling OA in African Americans within the United States. In particular, knee OA is characterized by musculoskeletal pain that significantly impacts function and mobility, eventually leading to disability and an overall reduction in quality of life. This qualitative content analysis gained an understanding of 30 African American and White older adults’ experiences living with OA and portrayed the impact of race on variances in perspectives of disability. We framed our analysis using the concept of disablement. Results show that OA is debilitating, but not to the point where a majority of either race consider it a disability but rather that “pain and disability is more than physical; it is a mental-state of mind.” Conclusively, we are looking to learn how OA influences one’s self-perception as able-bodied and how race acts as a factor in one’s lack of mobility or awareness thereof.
Michaela, Excellent presentation! Thank you for sharing your work. What advice do you have for people with OA based on your research?
Thank you so much & I apologize for the mix up in the response! One piece of advice I have for people with OA based on my research would be to remain encouraged when dealing with their impairments and to remember that it is okay to not be 100% all the time because many people take it hard when they realize they now have limitations.
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Beautiful work Micha!
Thank you so much! One piece of advice I have for people with OA based on my research would be to remain encouraged when dealing with their impairments and to remember that it is okay to not be 100% all the time because many people take it hard when they realize they now have limitations.
Thank you so much Dr. Booker!
Very interesting work!! Are you going to keep working on this subject? Have you considered also looking and the “mental well-being”…I thought was interesting that participants mentioned that “pain” is also a mental stage.
Congratulations on the work done!
Thank you Jeanne-Marie! I was not planning on it, since I’m graduating this semester, but I also found that particular perspective to be rather interesting, as well. I will definitely mention it to my PI and see if it can be incorporated in any of her future research.
Hi Michaela! I think you did a great job with your poster and also with explaining your research! You mentioned that both groups were reluctant to label themselves as having a disability, was once group more opposed to doing so than the other? If so, why do you think that is?
Thank you! From the interviews I referenced, both groups were equally reluctant to labeling themselves as having a disability; I believe this has to do with not wanting to come to terms with change and seeing themselves as less capable of doing their usual, everyday tasks.
Absolutely love the topic that you choose to do your topic on! It is incredibly important that we understanding that health and wellness and impacts different individuals in different ways! Great job!
I’m glad you enjoyed the topic and also see the value in exploring health impacts within different groups. Thank you so much!!