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A phenomenological approach to understanding the meaning of adjustment to chronic pain Labrick, Elisabeth


This study investigated the meaning of adjustment to chronic pain. Three co-researchers were interviewed in intensive sessions. They were asked to describe the story of their adjustment to chronic pain. The interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed as "protocols", and formed the data base for the study. The meaning of adjustment to chronic pain was discovered through a phenomenological methodology. The protocol analysis yielded the themes, the comprehensive phenomenological description of adjustment to chronic pain, and the essential structure. Implications for further thinking and for practice were presented.

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