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Experiencing and Knowing Pain: Patients’ Perspectives
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Trollhättan | Uddevalla University, Vänersborg, Sweden.
2000 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 2, no 4, 146-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on patients’ accounts of chronic pain and the manner in which they communicate their experiences. The data have been generated through interviews with chronic pain patients undergoing treatment for their problems. The results show that patients develop a set of discursive markers by means of which they are able to make distinctions between different kinds of pain. These distinctions are made with respect to pain qualities and pain localizations in the body. Further, a majority of the patients report that one pain generally transforms into another. This subjectively perceived patterning we refer to as pain transformations and these, in turn, contain different pain phases. Most patients report pains as dynamic and tients report pains as dynamic and stable and consistent sensation. The results also show that some patients identify certain pain phases as precursors of more severe phases, and that they use this knowledge as a means for taking preventive actions. Since experiencing pain often involves a discursive element gaining linguistic control over one’s pain provides the person with an important resource for dealing with pain

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 2, no 4, 146-155 p.
Keyword [en]
pain communication, pain discrimination, pain learning, pain localization, pain quality, pain phase, pain transformation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79050DOI: 10.1080/140381900750063409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79050DiVA: diva2:538008
Available from: 2012-06-28 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Smärtans mosaik: kommunikation och lärande om långvarig smärta
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smärtans mosaik: kommunikation och lärande om långvarig smärta
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on how people, living with long-term pain, exploreand communicate their pain, by way of speech as a means for producingrelations between themselves, the. pain and everyday activities. The datamaterial consists of focused research interviews with patients undergoingtreatment for their pain at a pain clinic. The thesis takes as a point ofdeparture that people living with pain in various situations need tocommunicate their pain experiences which posits the person in acommunicational dilemma giving_ shape to a multi-dimensionalexperience. Different kinds of communicative resources are used in thesecommunication situations, verbal and figurative talk together withgestures. It is argued that learning about one's pain could be described as an apprenticeship process, which concerns as well the relations between the afflicted person and the her/his pain as how these relations are to be communicated. An important result is that mastering one's pain is about an on-going, situated, searching and communicative practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2001. 108 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 242
Keyword
Chronic pain, communication, coping, gesture, metaphor, accounts, patient perspectives, living with pain, kronisk smärta, kommunikation, smärta
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35035 (URN)24710 (Local ID)91-7373-214-1 (ISBN)24710 (Archive number)24710 (OAI)
Public defence
2001-12-14, Sal Elysion, Hus-T, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved
2. Att beskriva kronisk smärta: en lärprocess
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att beskriva kronisk smärta: en lärprocess
2000 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Sammanfattningsvis syftar denna uppsats till att studera hur patienter beskriver sin smärta samt på vilka sätt de beskriver hur de utforskar sin smärta i vardagen. Jag vill med dessa beskrivningar som bakgrund lyfta fram patienters egen lärprocess om sin smärta. Avhandlingen syftar vidare till att diskutera hur vårdgivare kan lära sig av patienters smärtbeskrivningar. I detta sammanhang vill jag lyfta fram några begrepp som kan belysa hur patienterna i mina studier delger vad jag tolkar som smärtupplevelser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Tema, Univ., 2000. 48 p.
Series
SIC (Linköping), ISSN 0280-5634 ; 41
Keyword
Kronisk smärta
National Category
Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111015 (URN)LIU-TEMA-K--41--SE (Local ID)91-7219-891-5 (ISBN)LIU-TEMA-K--41--SE (Archive number)LIU-TEMA-K--41--SE (OAI)
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Available from: 2014-10-03 Created: 2014-10-03 Last updated: 2014-10-03Bibliographically approved

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