Pain in low-income older women with disabilities: a qualitative descriptive study

Janiece L. Taylor, Brittany F. Drazich, Laken Roberts, Safiyyah Okoye, Emerald Rivers, Jennifer Wenzel, Rebecca Wright, Mary Catherine Beach, Sarah L. Szanton

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify how low-income older women with disabilities perceive pain, pain management, and communication with healthcare providers. We interviewed 26 low-income women (average age 75 years; SD 7.0), eliciting the following overarching themes: “Invisibility of Pain: Unnoticed or Undetected,” “Escalating Pain Leads to Help Seeking,” “Communication with Healthcare Providers and Outcomes,” “Pain Management Facilitates Function and Accomplishment,” and “The Intersection of Pain, Disability, and Depressive Symptoms.” Study findings support the ways in which behavior changes from pain can impede pain management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-423
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020


  • Aging
  • communication
  • pain
  • qualitative descriptive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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