Living with chronic pain: A dynamic learning process
2000 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 7, no 3, 114-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study focuses on how patients describe and manage their pain in their everyday life. The data consist of interviews with 37 patients undergoing treatment for chronic pain. The study focuses on how experiences of pain are mediated and interpreted with the help of the individual's discursive resources. It is argued that this kind of resource is important in constituting a structure of relations between a suffering person, pain and context. In the analysis of the material a four-step procedure was used, including both formal and content-related aspects. It was found that the patients describe chronic pain as a dynamic phenomenon. Patients learn about their pain by actively constituting relations among themselves, the pain and their activities. For the patients, chronic pain is a structured phenomenon. Patients often describe how pain is initiated, worsens and is alleviated. Patients thereby learn to distinguish different figures in their pain, which they are able to relate to in their management of pain. This suggests that a life in pain could be seen as an apprenticeship process. The heart of the matter in this process is learning to become sensitive to and flexible towards variations in the pain and potential pain triggers in the environment. This knowledge is important, as mastering pain is a balancing act between inner resources and environmental circumstances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 7, no 3, 114-125 p.
apprenticeship, communication, coping, chronic pain, dynamic, language, learning, patient perspective
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22853DOI: 10.1080/110381200300006069Local ID: 2193OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-22853DiVA: diva2:243166