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A phenomenological approach to understanding the psychological response to chronic low back pain

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dc.contributor.author Aymar, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-26T15:18:15Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-26T15:18:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3046
dc.description.abstract Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a complex health problem of psychological manifestations not fully understood. Using interpretive phenomenological analysis, 11 semi-structured interviews were conducted to help understand the meaning of the lived experience of CLBP; focusing on the psychological response to pain and the role of depression, catastrophizing, fear-avoidance behavior, anxiety and somatization. Participants characterized CLBP as persistent tolerable low back pain (TLBP) interrupted by periods of intolerable low back pain (ILBP). ILBP contributed to recurring bouts of helplessness, depression, frustration with the medical system and increased fear based on the perceived consequences of anticipated recurrences, all of which were mediated by the uncertainty of such pain. During times of TLBP all participants pursued a permanent pain consciousness as they felt susceptible to experience a recurrence. As CLBP progressed, participants felt they were living with a weakness, became isolated from those without CLBP and integrated pain into their self-concept. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Chronic pain -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Backache en_US
dc.title A phenomenological approach to understanding the psychological response to chronic low back pain en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Applied Health Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Applied Health Sciences Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Applied Health Sciences en_US


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