Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Kristi Frisbee

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeanea Lambeth


An Abstract of the Scholarly Project by

Stacey Kale

Managing back pain has become a public health and clinical challenge (Krein et al., 2016). Incidence of back pain related complaints requiring treatment in the US is estimated at 11.2% of the adult population (Dowell, Haegerich, & Chou, 2016). New research suggests that it is the most common pain problem (Pauline, 2016). It is the third most expensive health disorder and is exceeded only by cancer and heart disease. Many health care providers lack formal pain management education and training thus leaving them at risk for failing to properly manage patients who have the risk for movement towards chronicity, disability, and medication misuse (Hudspeth, 2011). This educational needs assessment project asks questions regarding the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs (KABs) of health care providers in treating non-malignant acute and chronic back pain in the four state area (Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri) and rural Southeast Kansas four County area (Bourbon, Allen, Anderson and Neosho). The purpose of the study was to discover provider knowledge, attitudes and beliefs (KABs) in the assessment and management of NSABP and CBP. This will allow for consideration of recommendations regarding education and policy improvements in pain management. A modified version of the Knowpain-50, Knowpain-12 survey, was used to measure healthcare provider knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in back pain assessment and management.