Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Rehabilitation Counseling: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
chronic pain; social support; peer-led; support groups; pain management; grounded theory; peer-led support groups; chronic pain support groups; peer-led chronic pain support group; quality of life; financial impacts of chronic pain
Chronic pain is a current public health problem that significantly impacts the United States, including the disproportionate impact on specific communities, quality of life, and the impact on the U.S. economy (Institute of Medicine et al., 2011). Many chronic pain management techniques are used in modern pain management therapies; however, cost, ability, and opportunity can impact the effectiveness of these techniques. Social support documented as an efficacious pain management technique. However, peer-led chronic pain support groups are under-researched. Through a qualitative grounded theory approach, this research used semi-structured interviews to investigate the relationship between peer-led chronic pain support group membership and chronic pain management. In addition, this study investigated the relationship between membership of peer-led chronic pain support groups and if there is a connection to higher success in managing chronic pain while lessening the impact on quality of life and the fiscal impact.
The participants in the study identified the significant value that membership in a peer-led chronic pain support group had on the management of their chronic pain. The participants identified six themes while discussing the relationship between their membership in a peer-led support group and their chronic pain management: peer group support, the dichotomy of quality-of-life, self-concept, impacts of healthcare, family and communal relationships, and economic impact. The generated theory states that peer-led chronic pain support groups are an effective method of managing chronic pain due to their positive impact on quality of life and self-concept while relieving some of the financial burdens of chronic pain.
Cook, Avery, "All in the Same Boat: A Qualitative Investigation into the Relationship Between Peer-Led Chronic Pain Support Groups and Chronic Pain Management" (2022). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 95.