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Att beskriva kronisk smärta: en lärprocess
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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.
SIC (Linköping), ISSN 0280-5634 ; 41
Keyword [sv]
Kronisk smärta
National Category
Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111015Local ID: LIU-TEMA-K--41--SEISBN: 91-7219-891-5 (print)OAI: diva2:752299
Available from: 2014-10-03 Created: 2014-10-03 Last updated: 2014-10-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Experiencing and Knowing Pain: Patients’ Perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiencing and Knowing Pain: Patients’ Perspectives
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

pain communication, pain discrimination, pain learning, pain localization, pain quality, pain phase, pain transformation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79050 (URN)10.1080/140381900750063409 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-06-28 Created: 2012-06-28 Last updated: 2014-10-03Bibliographically approved
2. Living with chronic pain: A dynamic learning process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>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
Abstract [en]

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.

apprenticeship, communication, coping, chronic pain, dynamic, language, learning, patient perspective
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22853 (URN)10.1080/110381200300006069 (DOI)2193 (Local ID)2193 (Archive number)2193 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2014-10-03Bibliographically approved

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