Date of Award


Document Type



College of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Project Mentor

Janiece DeSocio


Purpose: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the ability of Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) to increase knowledge of pain as a biopsychosocial process and influence more health-promoting interpretations of pain among low-income adults as a preventative health education approach.

Background: PNE is a promising treatment approach for addressing chronic pain. However more data is needed to understand how to most effectively utilize this intervention.

Design: A program evaluation was conducted using a pre- and post- test design to elicit quantitative and qualitative data. Nine Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) buildings were invited to participate in two online pain neuroscience modules. Quantitative survey data were collected before the start and after the completion of the modules. Qualitative data was collected at the culmination of the program.

Results: Analysis used a paired t-test to evaluate changes in the revised Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire (rNPQ) item scores and total scores. Content analysis of themes was applied to qualitative responses.

Implications: Pain neuroscience education delivered in an online module format was an effective strategy for increasing knowledge and positively impacting interpretations of pain in low-income older adults living in subsidized housing.

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Nursing Commons