• Users Online: 185
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-14

Psychological experiences of patients with chronic pain: A qualitative study


Department of Management, Shakhes Pajouh Research Institute, Esfahan University, Esfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Majid Barekatain
Department of Management, Shakhes Pajouh Research Institute, Esfahan University, Esfahan
Iran
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.147137

Rights and Permissions

Background: Depression and anxiety are major health problems among chronic pain sufferers across the lifespan. Patients with high levels of depression and anxiety are likely to express fearful feeling in response to physical sensations or when stumble upon stressors or pain. Aim: The aims of this study were to identify depression and anxiety among different types of chronic pain patients, and to explore the experiences and consequences of depression and anxiety in the patient's life through a qualitative study. Materials and Methods: Thirty-seven chronic pain patients from pain clinic and neurology clinic, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, were participated in an interview for self-reported data collection. All subjects suffer from chronic pain complain of headache, shoulder, back and knee pain. The data were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Result: Results showed that chronic pain patients with high anxiety and depression responded more fear toward their environment and underwent negative relationship with their family and others. The results also indicated that depression and anxiety problems present as the psychological elements of worry, preoccupation, rumination, and avoidance. Conclusion: Identifying depression and anxiety that accompany the discomfort during pain may help increase the intensity of pain. Management of psychological factors during pain may include increased rates of return to work, reductions in health care costs, and increased health-related quality-of-life. In addition, feeling worry about family and feeling depressed, these situations affect the emotional and physical intimacy among family members.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed4385    
    Printed116    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded379    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 1    

Recommend this journal