Defying aches and revaluating daily doing: occupational perspectives on adjusting to chronic pain

Dennis Persson, Ingemar Andersson, Mona Eklund

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    The aim of this study was to investigate how people with chronic pain experience their daily doing, with a special focus on possible adjustment to pain and altered life conditions in order to cope with pain and maintain well-being. In-depth interviews were guided by themes concerning daily occupation, ways to maintain well-being, and future expectations. Using qualitative content analysis a core concept "Reappraising daily doing" was arrived at, containing the categories of altering doing processes and altering values, each in turn containing four subcategories. The findings showed that along with the grief of having to abandon jobs and former social networks, the participants coped with their everyday lives in ways that opened up the use of imagination and improvisation and the valuing of non-material and altruistic behaviour. An occupation was generally given up when aches (participants' term) became worse, except for when the occupations were so enjoyed that the pain was put out of focus. Using the concept of Occupational Value to enhance coping ability seems a reasonable strategy for occupational therapists when assisting clients in finding or maintaining meaningful daily doing and effective coping strategies for experiencing well-being. This could in turn limit the use of health care resources, which is extensive.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-197
    Number of pages9
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Occupational Therapy (30306)


    • Coping
    • epidemiology
    • impact
    • life
    • musculoskeletal pain
    • occupational therapy
    • population
    • prevalence
    • swedish
    • therapy
    • well-being


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