Women in chronic pain: Sense of control and encounters with health professionals

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An evolving theory on “women's sense of control while in chronic pain and the results of the quality of their encounters with health professionals” is introduced in this article. According to the theory, the main challenge of women in chronic pain is to maintain a sense of control of self and the pain to avoid demoralization, which is seen as a potential threat for all women in chronic pain. To retain a sense of control, women are challenged to learn to live with the pain and cope with the unpredictability and incurability of the pain. They are challenged to find meaning in their suffering, to create personal space, and to be self-protective as well as to keep a positive self-image and self-esteem while trying to live a “normal” life in dignity in spite of the pain and warding off isolation and demoralization. Health professionals are seen as potentially powerful people in the lives of women in chronic pain. Empowerment or disempowerment from them greatly influences whether women in chronic pain are demoralized or not.
Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)891-901
Síðufjöldi11
FræðitímaritQualitative Health Research
Bindi18
Númer tölublaðs7
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ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - júl. 2008

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