I'm doing a research paper/ lit review on which interventions (pharmacological vs. nonpharmacological) better control phantom limb pain. What current studies are saying is that there hasn't been enough research to decide whether one is better than the other. Morphine in combination with other analgesics such as NSAIDs have been effective in controling pain. Mirror therapy is also mentioned as one of the nonpharm interventions that seem to work.
Now we have to come up with nursing implications. How would this information benefit the nursing practice? How would nurses use this information?
Some of the nursing implications that we came up with is that if nonpharm interventions work, then nurses could use nonpharm intervention first to lessen potential side effects of drugs. Another one is that there is an increasing number of people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, that can lead to amputation- thus phantom limb pain.
I need a few more and im coming up blank. HELP!!