Reflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621390
Title:
Reflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Authors:
Finlay, Katherine A.; Elander, James ( 0000-0001-7665-5482 )
Abstract:
Objectives. Transitioning from clinical care to community-based self-management represents a significant challenge, throughout which social support can facilitate health adjustment and quality of life. However, community-centred, peer-led support structures are often under-used. This study aimed to investigate the decision-making processes involved in the choice to attend a Chronic Pain Support Group (CPSG) following discharge from a Pain Management Programme. Design. An in-depth, qualitative analysis was undertaken using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), exploring participants’ subjective experiences, decisional making, and rationale for initial CPSG attendance. Methods. Twelve participants (four males, eight females) were recruited from a regional CPSG and completed semi-structured interviews lasting between 45 and 120 minutes. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed idiographically before a cross-case analysis was completed. Results. Analysis of transcripts resulted in three superordinate themes: (1) The thirst for comparative friendship; (2) Conjecture and the imminent choice; (3) Progressive pain management. These themes reflect a desire for empathic, socially comparative friendships and the search for a forum in which to enhance pain self-management strategies, yet also internal conflict over initial CPSG attendance. Conclusion. Social support and associated friendships are attractive to prospective CPSG members and are conceptualised as opportunities to engage in social comparison and nurture self-care. The first visit to the support group presents a significant hurdle, but can be facilitated by managing the transition between therapeutic care and CPSG attendance. Clinicians can challenge preconceptions, foster positive viewpoints regarding the group and support collective decision-making to attend. Following initial attendance, psychosocial wellbeing was enhanced.
Affiliation:
University of Buckingham and University of Derby
Citation:
Finlay, K. A. and Elander, J. (2016) 'Reflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysis', British Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (3):660 .
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
British Journal of Health Psychology
Issue Date:
May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621390
DOI:
10.1111/bjhp.12194
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/bjhp.12194
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1359107X
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research

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dc.contributor.authorFinlay, Katherine A.en
dc.contributor.authorElander, Jamesen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-15T15:32:36Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-15T15:32:36Z-
dc.date.issued2016-05-
dc.identifier.citationFinlay, K. A. and Elander, J. (2016) 'Reflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysis', British Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (3):660 .en
dc.identifier.issn1359107X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/bjhp.12194-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621390-
dc.description.abstractObjectives. Transitioning from clinical care to community-based self-management represents a significant challenge, throughout which social support can facilitate health adjustment and quality of life. However, community-centred, peer-led support structures are often under-used. This study aimed to investigate the decision-making processes involved in the choice to attend a Chronic Pain Support Group (CPSG) following discharge from a Pain Management Programme. Design. An in-depth, qualitative analysis was undertaken using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), exploring participants’ subjective experiences, decisional making, and rationale for initial CPSG attendance. Methods. Twelve participants (four males, eight females) were recruited from a regional CPSG and completed semi-structured interviews lasting between 45 and 120 minutes. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed idiographically before a cross-case analysis was completed. Results. Analysis of transcripts resulted in three superordinate themes: (1) The thirst for comparative friendship; (2) Conjecture and the imminent choice; (3) Progressive pain management. These themes reflect a desire for empathic, socially comparative friendships and the search for a forum in which to enhance pain self-management strategies, yet also internal conflict over initial CPSG attendance. Conclusion. Social support and associated friendships are attractive to prospective CPSG members and are conceptualised as opportunities to engage in social comparison and nurture self-care. The first visit to the support group presents a significant hurdle, but can be facilitated by managing the transition between therapeutic care and CPSG attendance. Clinicians can challenge preconceptions, foster positive viewpoints regarding the group and support collective decision-making to attend. Following initial attendance, psychosocial wellbeing was enhanced.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/bjhp.12194en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to British Journal of Health Psychologyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/en
dc.subjectChronic painen
dc.subjectSupport groupsen
dc.subjectSocial supporten
dc.subjectQualitativeen
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.subjectSelf-careen
dc.subjectCommunity careen
dc.titleReflecting the transition from pain management services to chronic pain support group attendance: An interpretative phenomenological analysisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Buckingham and University of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Health Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology; School of Science and Postgraduate Medicine; University of Buckingham; UK-
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Psychological Research; University of Derby; UK-
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