Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Research Sponsor

Dr. Christine Graor & Dr. Lori Kidd

First Reader

Lisa Hart

Second Reader

Carrie Wissmar


Chronic pain is a problem because it can have a large impact on activities of daily life of people, regardless of age. Few researchers have described the prevalence and impact of chronic pain in young adults, while even fewer have done so in the United States. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of chronic pain and the impact it has on daily life for undergraduate nursing students. The theoretical framework is guided on the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain. This cross-sectional, descriptive study uses convenience sampling and data collected through an online Qualtrics survey, which was embedded in three waves of recruitment emails. Self-reporting responses were collected from 80 subjects who completed a survey with a revised version of the Fibromyalgia Daily Activity Checklist scale. The study found that 30% of undergraduate nursing students surveyed experienced chronic pain. The study also found that chronic pain had a significant impact on daily life, with approximately 68% of those reporting chronic pain also reporting some level of difficulty when performing activities of daily living. This is significant for young adults, especially healthcare students and providers because working as healthcare professional can be physically demanding.

Included in

Nursing Commons