Date of Award

Spring 1993

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kovach, Christine R.

Second Advisor

Frenn, Marilyn

Third Advisor

Schank, Mary Jane


This qualitative study was designed to examine the perceptions of patients undergoing elective back surgery. This was to meet a need in nursing research in which 10% of people who have back problems eventually require surgical repair, and there is limited nursing research on back pain, and there is no nursing research about patients' back surgery experiences. Using a semi-structured format, eight hospitalized patients, aged 25-65, were interviewed. Using grounded theory's constant comparative analysis technique, two mutually exclusive categories, loss and struggle, were identified and were components of a multidimensional process that each subject was involved in--the overall theme of normalcy.



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