"It has changed my picture of myself": how did females living with chronic pain perceive the impact of the standard pain rehabilitation, including the occupational therapy lifestyle intervention REVEAL(OT)?

Svetlana Solgaard Nielsen*, Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen, Jens Søndergaard, Signe Surrow, Anette Enemark Larsen, Søren T Skou, Charlotte Simonÿ

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study investigated patient perceptions of multidisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation, including the occupational therapy lifestyle management program REVEAL(OT), on everyday life with chronic pain.

METHODS: Individual interviews were conducted using video conferencing after completing multidisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation. The interviews followed a semi-structured interview guide and investigated patient experiences with occupational therapy-supported health behavior transformation. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed iteratively using an inductive semantic data-driven approach inspired by Braun & Clarke's methodology.

RESULTS: Five females, 34 to 58 years old, revealed three common themes: To discover oneself anew; Increased energy and calmness; and Look into the future. The themes reflected transformations towards a healthier lifestyle through enhanced self-control, developing meaningful and secure everyday activities, and gaining reaffirmed dignity. The study also identified the participants' need for professional assistance to cope with the pain after discharge.

CONCLUSIONS: Chronic pain rehabilitation that included an occupational therapy intervention supported health behavior transformation and chronic pain self-management in females, where meaningful daily occupations and physical activity played an important role. Individually tailored support, also available after chronic pain rehabilitation, would benefit the transformation process towards improved pain coping in females.Implications for rehabilitationPersonal gains for health and well-being may develop over a shorter or longer time after chronic pain rehabilitation.Targeting daily occupations and physical activity during chronic pain rehabilitation appears meaningful for females living with chronic pain.Progression from an individual to group approach can be relevant in planning chronic pain rehabilitation, but the individual capacities shall be considered.Male perspectives on chronic pain rehabilitation that includes focus on daily occupations and lifestyle need further investigation.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)1-12
Antal sider12
TidsskriftDisability and Rehabilitation
DOI
StatusUdgivet, E-publikation før trykning - 6 jul. 2023

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