Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec;85(3):419-24. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2010.12.032. Epub 2011 Feb 5.

"I am not only a disease, I am so much more". Patients with rheumatic diseases' experiences of an emotion-focused group intervention.

Author information

1
National Resource Center for Rehabilitation in Rheumatology, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo, Norway. heidi.zangi@diakonsyk.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To obtain understanding of how patients with rheumatic diseases experienced participation in an emotion-focused group intervention in terms of influences on their emotional well-being and coping behavior and the processes whereby these influences arose.

METHODS:

The intervention, Vitality Training (VTP), was conducted in 10 group sessions over 4 months. Qualitative data were collected from 10 focus group interviews (n=69) two weeks after the intervention. Data were analyzed with a qualitative content analysis approach.

RESULTS:

Five categories were identified from the analyses: (1) recognizing oneself as both ill and healthy, (2) recognizing own emotions, (3) awareness of own needs, (4) being part of a community and (5) being recognized as a credible patient.

CONCLUSION:

The VTP addressed participants' awareness of emotional and bodily reactions in a process-oriented and supportive group. The program had enhanced participants' recognition of their disease-related emotions and helped them to more actively relate to their own needs.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

This study has highlighted how a process-oriented group intervention that combines topics related to life, rather than disease, and learning methods that enhance emotional awareness and adaptive emotional expression can enhance emotional well-being and coping behavior in patients with rheumatic diseases.

PMID:
21300517
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2010.12.032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center