Coping with chronic low back pain: an idiographic exploration through focus groups

Strong, J. and Large, R. G. (1995) Coping with chronic low back pain: an idiographic exploration through focus groups. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 25 4: 371-387. doi:10.2190/H4P9-U5NB-2KJU-4TBN


Author Strong, J.
Large, R. G.
Title Coping with chronic low back pain: an idiographic exploration through focus groups
Journal name International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-2174
1541-3527
Publication date 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2190/H4P9-U5NB-2KJU-4TBN
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 371
End page 387
Total pages 17
Place of publication Amityville, NY, United States
Publisher Baywood Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This article explores the coping construct held by individuals with chronic low back pain. The research addresses two criteria identified as important for coping research: it looks at people's appraisals and responses to the specific stressor of living with chronic low back pain, and it seeks to identify what these individuals actually think and do in response to the ongoing stressor of living with chronic pain.

Method: Fifteen people with chronic low back pain who responded to a media release participated in focus group discussions on coping with chronic pain.

Results: Analysis indicated the desirability, if not need, for a somatic focus, the reliance on higher order cognitive strategies for planful action, and the use of a varied repertoire of coping strategies.

Conclusions: These findings are discussed both in terms of adjustment to chronic illness and in relation to current pain management practices.
Keyword Chronic low back pain
Coping strategies
Cognitive strategies
Focus groups
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
 
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