Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis

Shariff, F and Carter, J and Dow, C and Polley, MJ and Salinas, M and Ridge, Damien T. (2009) Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (8). pp. 1037-1049. ISSN 1049-7323

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


Chronic pain (CP) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pose particular challenges for the individual. Although 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 analyzed. Our analysis uncovered three broad strategies adopted by participants: body management, mind-management and mindbody 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
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2009 13:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 08:50
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/7007

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