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Patients' experiences of living with persistent back pain

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)44-49
JournalInternational Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Journal publication date1 Mar 2016
Early online date13 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


This Masterclass discusses findings from a growing body of qualitative research studies that have investigated the subjective experience of having persistent non-malignant low back pain. These studies have found that people with experience changes in self image, personal relationships and life roles. They have also reported on how subjectivity affects the therapeutic relationship, what patients have found helpful in dealing with healthcare professionals, and what it is like to go through a healthcare system for a pain that may not be curable or even diagnosable. The findings are of great importance for clinicians who wish to provide person centred care for patients with persistent low back pain, so this Masterclass ends with key lessons for practitioners.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Hbert van Griensven, 'Patients' experiences of living with persistent back pain', International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Vol. 19, pp. 44-49, April 2015. The Version of Record is available at doi: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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