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Young pain patients’ experience in primary care: A qualitative study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
2017 (English)In: Nordic Psychology, ISSN 1901-2276, E-ISSN 1904-0016, Vol. 69, no 2, 83-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose was to explore interview data from young adults with long-standing pain about their experience of contacts with caregivers in a primary care setting, in order to synthesize and qualitatively analyse their reports about how they were received. Method: An emergent qualitative design was used. Open thematic research interviews were conducted with 11 young people (1 man, 10 women) (aged 20–31 years) with long-term pain. The interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using inductive thematic content analysis. Result: The analyses resulted in three themes; distrust experienced from care staffslonelinessand hopelessness forming the main theme Young adult with long-term pain. The informants described how they struggled with living with the pain, fighting with the care system and to obtain help. They reportedly felt they were not trusted and that they were not given any explanations or information why the pain spread and worsened. This left them feeling abandoned and alone and without hope concerning their pain, their feelings; and with doubts concerning their prospects. Much concern and doubt were expressed about their future work situation; whether they would be able to do work for which they had trained, and whether they would ever get any career opportunities. Conclusion: Living with long-term pain as a young adult and experiencing mistrust when in care might lead to feelings of loneliness, dependence and hopelessness and an existence marked by suffering and dependence. The experienced mistrust confined the young adult instead of allowing growth towards an adult identity and opportunities.

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2017. Vol. 69, no 2, 83-99 p.
Keyword [en]
long-term pain, pain rehabilitation, transition to adulthood, interviews, emerging adulthood
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143101DOI: 10.1080/19012276.2016.1178166ISI: 000399576500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143101DiVA: diva2:1095209
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved

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