Abstract: Coping strategies and life satisfaction in subgrouped fibromyalgia patients

Biol Res Nurs 2003 Jan;4(3):193-202

Raak R, Hurtig I, Wahren LK.

Department of Welfare and Care at Linkoping University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Norrkoping, Sweden. ragnhild.raak@ivv.liu.se

The present study describes pain- and stress-coping strategies and life satisfaction in subgroups of fibromyalgia patients. Thirty-two females with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and 21 healthy pain-free women were studied.

Those with FMS were classified as thermal (both heat and cold) pain sensitive or slightly cold pain sensitive based on pain thresholds determined using a Thermotest device. Global stress-coping styles, life satisfaction, and specific pain-coping strategies were measured. Patients classified as thermal pain sensitive were affected by physical symptoms to a greater extent than were those classified as slightly cold pain sensitive.

The thermal pain sensitive group used more diverting attention coping strategies than the slightly cold pain sensitive group did. Separating fibromyalgia patients into subgroups might increase the potential for improving nursing care of these patients. Through the use of effective coping strategies in dealing with stress and pain, life satisfaction may also be enhanced.

PMID: 12585783 [PubMed – in process]

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