A meta-analysis of 77 original studies offers new insights into the patient experience of chronic nonmalignant musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. The findings, published in the November 2013 edition of the UK journal Health Services and Delivery Research, characterize the experience of chronic MSK pain as a constant adversarial struggle to find and affirm self, to find an explanation for pain, to negotiate the health-care system, to be valued and believed, and find the right balance between hiding/showing their pain. The study also points to therapies and strategies that can help patients to move forward alongside their pain. Read the abstract, with link to the full report, here.
Posted on December 5, 2013