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The meaning of living with pain of fibromyalgia type as narrated by affected men, their partners, nurses and physicians
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet , 2002. , 70 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 771
Keyword [en]
content analysis, encounters, female partner, fibromyalgia, health care staff, interviews, lived experience, metaphorical expression, men, pain, phenomenological hermeneutics
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94106ISBN: 91-7305-193-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-94106DiVA: diva2:764670
Public defence
2002-06-03, vårdvetarhuset, Aulan, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
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digitalisering@umu
Note

Diss. (sammanfattning) Umeå : Umeå universitet, 2002

Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-10-03 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Men's descriptions of their experience of nonmalignant pain of fibromyalgia type
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Men's descriptions of their experience of nonmalignant pain of fibromyalgia type
2001 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 15, no 1, 54-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to gather men's descriptions of their experience of nonmalignant pain of fibromyalgia (FM) type in order to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomenon. Fourteen men participated in the study. A qualitative method with narrative interviews and content analysis were used. The findings showed that the men's experience of pain fell within two major themes: ‘perceptions of diversified bodily pain’ and ‘perceptions of fluctuating pain’. The pain had progressed from being local to being widespread. Characteristic was that the men described both pain that worried them and pain that did not worry them and also that the pain passed through both calm and difficult phases. This study highlights the importance of acknowledgement that men had specific experiences and used metaphorical expressions to make the pain visible. The clinical indication in this study is that health care staff need to listen intently to each man's narrative and learn to interpret the descriptions of their experience of long-term pain that involve a great variety of both bodily and emotional symptoms. These findings are a crucial prerequisite for the health care staff's possibility to offer support and relief to men with pain of FM type.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2001
Keyword
chronic pain, content analysis, fibromyalgia, metaphorical expression, male
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96565 (URN)10.1046/j.1471-6712.2001.1510054.x (DOI)
Projects
digitalisering@umu
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
2. Struggling for a Tolerable Existence: The Meaning of Men’s Lived Experiences of Living with Pain of Fibromyalgia Type
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Struggling for a Tolerable Existence: The Meaning of Men’s Lived Experiences of Living with Pain of Fibromyalgia Type
2002 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 12, no 2, 238-249 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Chronic pain is a major health problem in Sweden because of its consequences in daily life. Fourteen men with fibromyalgia-type pain were interviewed regarding their experiences. A phenomenological hermeneutic method was used to interpret the transcribed interviews. Three major themes emerged: experiencing the body as an obstruction, being a different man, and striving to endure. Overall, the meaning of men’s lived experience of chronic pain was experienced as change in the body, self, and relationships. Striving to live life required achieving balance during both calm and difficult phases of the illness—struggling for a tolerable existence. Information from this study could provide guidelines for health care staff members to give empathic and supportive care to men living with a long-term illness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2002
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96566 (URN)10.1177/104973202129119865 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
3. Men living with pain of fibromyalgia type: Their esperiences as patients in the Swedish health care system
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Men living with pain of fibromyalgia type: Their esperiences as patients in the Swedish health care system
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96588 (URN)
Note

Submitted

Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2014-11-24Bibliographically approved
4. The meaning of living in the shadow of long-term pain as narrated by female partners to men with pain of fibromyalgia type
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The meaning of living in the shadow of long-term pain as narrated by female partners to men with pain of fibromyalgia type
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96590 (URN)
Note

Submitted

Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved
5. Nurses’ and physicians’ narratives about long-term non-malignant pain among men
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nurses’ and physicians’ narratives about long-term non-malignant pain among men
1999 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 30, 1097-1105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to illuminate the meaning of skilled nurses’ and physicians’ lived experiences in their encounters with men suffering from long-term, non-malignant pain of at least 6 months duration. Seventeen nurses and four physicians participated in the study. A phenomenological-hermeneutic method was used. In the analysis three themes, ‘needing to be manly’, ‘struggling for relief from pain’ and ‘needing human support’ emerged. The phenomenon ‘confirmation’ was especially important in all three themes. This study indicates that confirmation of the theme ‘needing to be manly’ means that nurses’ and physicians’ must have such a relationship with these men that they really feel respected. Confirmation of the theme ‘struggling for relief from pain’ means that the care givers must convince these men that they really believe each unique individual’s narratives. Confirmation of the theme ‘needing human support’ means that nurses and physicians have to behave in such a way that these men are convinced that the caregivers really care about them. When the men felt confirmation they dared to disclose their pain experiences more honestly. This is a preliminary prerequisite for nurses’ and physicians’ potential to help these men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Keyword
chronic pain, confirmation, fibromyalgia, gender, long-term pain, nurses, pain management, pain, phenomenological-hermeneutic, physicians
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96567 (URN)10.1046/j.1365-2648.1999.01162.x (DOI)
Projects
digitalisering@umu
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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