Publication Date

5-14-1999

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Jayne Cohen

Second Advisor

M. J. Henderson

Abstract

Advanced practice nurses are essential primary health care providers actively engaged in health promotion, illness prevention, and the management of acute and chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to measure the quality of life and locus of control among three different groups of migraineurs. A retrospective quantitative study was conducted using Ferrans and Powers' (1985) Quality of Life Index and Martin, Holroyd, and Penzien's (1990) Headache Specific Locus of Control questionnaire. The analysis of 79 adult migraineurs indicated that those who received headache education had a higher quality of life and higher external locus of control scores than those without the intervention. This study' s findings reinforces the notion that disease-specific education is an effective practice intervention . Advanced practice nurses can positively effect the quality of life for migraineurs by providing an educational intervention as part of high quality, accessible, and cost-effective primary care.

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