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Recovery despite everyday pain: Women's experiences of living with whiplash-associated disorder
Luleå University of Technology, SWE.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
Mid Sweden University, SWE.
2020 (English)In: Musculoskeletal Care, ISSN 1478-2189, E-ISSN 1557-0681Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Introduction: Living with whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) means living every day under the influence of pain and limitations. As the incidence of WAD and the related intensity of pain are somewhat higher among women than men, the aim of the present study was to describe women's experiences of living with WAD. Methods: A purposive sample of seven women participated in individual in-depth qualitative interviews, the transcripts of which were subjected to qualitative content analysis. Results: The results of the analysis suggested six themes of women's experiences with WAD: living with unpredictable pain; trying to manage the pain; living with limitations; being unable to work as before; needing support and understanding; and learning to live with limitations. The findings showed that unpredictable pain limited women's strength to engage in activities of daily life and be as active as before. Support and understanding were important for their ability to manage changes in their daily lives. Conclusions: Pain considerably affects the daily lives of women with WAD, particularly by limiting their ability to perform activities and to enjoy their professional and social lives. As women with WAD need support with managing their daily lives, nurses and other healthcare personnel should adopt a person-centred approach, in order to support such women according to their individual needs and circumstances. © 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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John Wiley and Sons Ltd , 2020.
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nursing, qualitative research, whiplash-associated disorder, women's health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-19135DOI: 10.1002/msc.1434ISI: 000506259700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85077904809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-19135DiVA, id: diva2:1387924
Available from: 2020-01-23 Created: 2020-01-23 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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