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Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain & rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing

Shariff, Fauzia and Carter, Jane and Dow, Clare and Polley, Marie J. and Salinas, Maria and Ridge, Damien T. (2009) Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain & rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (8). pp. 1037-1049. ISSN 1049-7323

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732309341189

Abstract

Chronic pain (CP) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pose a particular challenge for the individual. While biomedicine inevitably plays a role in the reduction or control of some symptoms for people living with chronic pain, directed self-management is also increasingly recognized as an important tool. Self-management can address pain associated symptoms of CP and RA and often has broader aims, such as promoting positive well-being. Forty-six interviews with people experiencing CP and 46 interviews with those living with RA associated pain were analysed. Our analysis uncovered three broad strategies adopted by participants: body management, mind management and mind-body management. The analysis demonstrated that for those living with pain, a sense of well-being is achieved not through pain control alone, but also through various mind/body techniques for managing pain, accepting new limits, and adjusting the way people relate to themselves. These self management strategies are an important adjunct to biomedical care for those experiencing chronic pain.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:5995
Deposited On:16 Feb 2009 10:50
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:34

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