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Miriam Ezenwa - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Miriam Ezenwa

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Miriam Ezenwa’s research explores health disparities in pain management, pain and symptom management for people with sickle cell disease.


Miriam Ezenwa is an associate professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science. Her research explores health disparities in pain management for people with sickle cell disease, as well as stress reduction interventions for sickle cell disease. Miriam's biobehavioral research also investigates the hormone cortisol as a biomarker of stress and how computer technologies may be used to measure both stress and pain.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Symptom Management‎‎

Sickle Cell Disease

Pain Management

Media Appearances (4)

$7.1M NIH Grant Supports Study of Opioid Alternatives to Manage SCD Pain

Sickle Cell Disease News  online


The acupuncture regime was determined by Schlaeger, who also is a licensed acupuncturist, while the relaxation techniques were developed by Miriam Ezenwa, PhD, an associate professor at University of Florida College of Nursing, who also is part of the awarded team.

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$7.1M grant to review opioid alternatives to treating sickle cell disease pain

EurekAlert!  online


For the study, 360 SCD patients will receive acupuncture twice a week for five weeks. Judy Schlaeger, associate professor in the UIC Department of Human Development Nursing Science, who developed an SCD treatment plan, determined that the time frame allows for a successful impact on pain. Also, patients will be asked to use guided relaxation techniques at least once a day. These techniques, which patients access via smartphone or computer, were developed by Miriam Ezenwa, a University of Florida associate professor in biobehavioral nursing science. Both acupuncture and guided medication were proven effective in pilot studies on SCD pain management.

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UF nursing researcher receives $2.6 million grant to improve pain associated with sickle cell disease

University of Florida Health  online


Miriam O. Ezenwa, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., FAAN, an associate professor at the College of Nursing, is the principal investigator on the project, which aims to use self-management interventions like guided relaxation therapy to improve the lives of those with the disease.

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Making an Impact: Faculty

The Gator Nurse  online


Ezenwa, Ph.D., R.N., grew up with her mom, dad and nine brothers and sisters in a poor and unsafe neighborhood in Nigeria. Ezenwa remembers her neighbor receiving monthly blood transfusions to reduce his risk of a stroke but he still suffered from something called sickle cell crisis, or severe attacks of pain. During these attacks, Ezenwa didn’t see her neighbor for weeks.

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Articles (3)

Adolescents’ practical knowledge of asthma self-management and experiences in the context of acute asthma: a qualitative content analysis

Journal of Asthma

Miriam Ezenwa, et al.


This paper's objective is to characterize adolescents’ practical knowledge of asthma self-management and experiences during asthma episodes and compare practical knowledge. Most of the adolescents knew how to prevent exercise-induced bronchoconstriction but had limited understanding about how to assess and monitor the severity of symptoms, appropriately use bronchodilators, seek timely medical help and communicate acute symptoms to caregivers or healthcare providers.

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Adherence to Analgesics Among Outpatients Seriously Ill With Cancer

Cancer Nursing

Miriam Ezenwa, et al.


Adherence to prescribed analgesics for patients seriously ill with cancer pain is essential for comfort. The objective of this study was to determine the analgesic adherence in seriously ill patients with cancer and its association with clinical and demographic characteristics.

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Influence of Haptoglobin Polymorphism on Stroke in Sickle Cell Disease Patients


Miriam Ezenwa, et al.


This review outlines the current clinical research investigating how the haptoglobin genetic polymorphism and stroke occurrence are implicated in sickle cell disease pathophysiology. The role of haptoglobin in patients with sickle cell disease is critical in combating blood toxicity, inflammation, oxidative stress, and even stroke. This review is the first to evaluate the role of the haptoglobin polymorphism in the incidence of stroke in patients with sickle cell disease.

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