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A phenomenological study of fibromyalgia: Patient perspectives
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Social medicine.
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1999 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, E-ISSN 1502-7724, Vol. 17, no 1, 11-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To describe the way in which the fibromyalgia patients understand the meaning of their illness. DESIGN: Qualitative, empirical phenomenological psychological method. SETTING: A collaborative transdisciplinary interview study of patients' described experiences of living with fibromyalgia. No therapeutic relationships existed between patients and researchers. SUBJECTS: Eighteen patients with fibromyalgia were interviewed. Ten of the 18 taped interviews were transcribed and analysed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients' narratives, described experiences of living with fibromyalgia. RESULTS: The patients were intensively involved in efforts to get their self-images as ill persons confirmed. Their experience was that the disease started dramatically, with a variety of capriciously appearing symptoms of unknown cause that gave rise to the suffering. The fibromyalgia patients seemed to develop strategies to cope with a precarious self-image and find ways to manage the thought of what the future would bring. CONCLUSION: The meaning structures revealed in the patients' ways of describing their experiences of living with fibromyalgia seemed to be partially constituted by their efforts to stand forth as afflicted with a disease, which could be a way to help them to manage the demands that they placed upon themselves.

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Taylor & Francis, 1999. Vol. 17, no 1, 11-16 p.
Keyword [en]
Fibromyalgia -- Psychosocial Factors, Patients -- Psychosocial Factors, Qualitative Studies, Phenomenological Research, Empirical Research, Interviews, Audiorecording, Thematic Analysis, Fibromyalgia -- Symptoms, Attitude of Health Personnel, Female, Male, Adult, Middle Age, Funding Source, Human
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98523PubMedID: 10229986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-98523DiVA: diva2:783039
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PMID: 10229986

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1. Patienten som person: om mening och dialog i allmänmedicinsk praktik
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1999 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 1999. 128 p.
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Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 585
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general practice, meaning, dialogue medicine, doctor-patient relation, narrative, fibromyalgia, health, empirical phenomenological psychological method, critical reflection, case analysis
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96897 (URN)91-7191-599-0 (ISBN)
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1999-04-16, Samhällsvetarhuset, hörsal B, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 09:00
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Diss. Umeå : Umeå universitet, 1999, Härtill 7 uppsatser.

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