Cynthia Renn, PhD, MS, RN, associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate chronic pain in trauma patients suffering from lower-leg fractures.

Renn will serve as principal investigator for the study, joined by Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, and UMSON alumna Mari Griffioen, PhD, MS, BSN.

Chronic pain is a major issue for trauma patients, with lower-extremity fractures causing the highest incidence rate of chronic pain. Individuals with this type of fracture often develop chronic pain at the fracture site, causing them to seek medical care more frequently than trauma patients who don’t develop chronic pain. They also report high levels of pain intensity, anxiety, and depression.

Renn’s team seeks to examine if psychological, clinical, and sociodemographic factors are predictive of chronic pain characteristics in patients during the year following a lower-extremity fracture. Renn tells Baltimore.CityBizList.com:

“This project is enormously important. Not only as it relates to improving the quality of life for trauma patients, but this study may also shed light on factors that play a role in other chronic pain conditions.”

To learn more about University of Maryland School of Nursing professor Cynthia Renn and her recent $3 million grant from the NIH to investigate chronic pain in trauma patients suffering from lower-leg fractures, visit here.

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