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Chronic Illn. 2013 Jun;9(2):133-44. doi: 10.1177/1742395312464719. Epub 2012 Nov 5.

Chronic pain management strategies used by low-income overweight Latinos.

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School of Nursing, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92831, USA. drutledge@fullerton.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study is to examine the strategies used to manage chronic pain from the perspective of the individual in group interviews.

METHODS:

Sixteen low-income overweight Latino adults participated in two group interviews facilitated by a trained moderator who inquired about the type of chronic pain suffered by participants, followed by more specific questions about pain management. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim (Spanish), back-translated into English, and analyzed using thematic analysis.

RESULTS:

Participants' pain varied in type, location, and intensity. Participants discussed pain-related changes in activities and social life, and difficulties with health care providers, and as a result, we discovered five major themes: pain-related life alterations, enduring the pain, trying different strategies, emotional suffering, and encounters with health care system/providers.

DISCUSSION:

Findings indicated that there are opportunities for providers to improve care for low-income overweight Latinos with chronic pain by listening respectfully to how pain alters their daily lives and assisting them in feasible self-management strategies.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic pain; Hispanic/Latino; low income; pain management; patients’ perspectives

PMID:
23129787
PMCID:
PMC3804325
DOI:
10.1177/1742395312464719
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