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Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis

Shariff, Fauzia, Carter, Jane , Dow, Clare, Polley, Marie , Salinas, Maria and Ridge, Michael (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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Abstract

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
Official URL: http://qhr.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Sets: Departments > Law
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 13:38
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36140/

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