From shame to respect: musculoskeletal pain patients' experience of a rehabilitation programme, a qualitative study
2004 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, E-ISSN 1651-2081, Vol. 36, no 3, 97-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Objective: This study aimed to describe and analyse how participants with fibromyalgia or chronic, widespread, musculoskeletal pain, 1 year after completion, experienced a rehabilitation programme; and what knowledge and strategies they had gained.
Design, methods and subjects: Semi-structured interviews with 16 female patients were analysed using the grounded theory method of constant comparison.
Results: One core category, from shame to respect, and 4 categories, developing body awareness/knowledge, setting limits, changing self-image and negative counterbalancing factors, and hopelessness and frustration over one's employment situation emerged from the data. The core category represents a process where the informants changed emotionally. Three categories were identified as important for starting and maintaining the process, one category affected the process negatively.
Conclusion: The rehabilitation programme started the process of change, from shame to respect. The informants learned new strategies for handling their pain and other symptoms; they improved their self-image and communication in their social environment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Taylor & Francis, 2004. Vol. 36, no 3, 97-103 p.
qualitative study, interviews, multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme, chronic pain, fibromyalgia syndrome, handling pain, physiotherapy
Sport and Fitness Sciences Physiotherapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122169DOI: 10.1080/16501970310018314ISI: 000221521400001PubMedID: 15209451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-122169DiVA: diva2:940151