FAST FACTS: Distraction
Distraction is the process of drawing a person’s attention away from one thought, object, or experience and toward a different thought, object, or experience. Distraction may decrease the experience of pain because of an individual’s ability to process only so much information at one time.
Benefits of distraction:
Potential problems with distraction:
Methods of distraction:
What else can you do:
Adapted from: 1. Fouladbakhsh, J.M., et al., Nondrug therapies for pain management among rural older adults. Pain Manag Nurs, 2011. 12(2): p. 70-81. 2. The Nursing Home Pain Management Algorithm Clinical Trial, R01 NR009100, 7/1/05 – 4/30/10; Mary Ersek (PI) Used with permission of Mary Ersek and HPNA (2009).