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Self-care in chronic pain


Chronic pain affects millions of people and is now recognized as a disease and not necessarily as a symptom of an underlying disease. Good self-care strategies can greatly enhance quality of life for people with chronic pain.

Chronic pain: supported self-management

Kang Y, Trewern L, Jackman J, Irani A, McCartney D.


BMJ 2024;384:e072362 | doi: 10.1136/bmj-2022-072362.

Common reported barriers and facilitators for self-management in adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review of qualitative studies.

Spink A, Wagner I, Orrock P.


Musculoskelet Sci Pract 2021;56:102433 doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2021.102433

Self-management for chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Garaghty AWA, Maund E, Newell D, Santer M, Everitt H, Price C, Pincus T, Moore M, Little P, West R, Stuart B.


PLoS One 2021;16:e0254642. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0254642.

Evaluation of self-management support functions in apps for people with persistent pain: systematic review.

Devan H, Farmery D, Peebles L, Grainger R.


JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2019; 7:e13080. doi: 10.2196/13080.

The effectiveness of generic self-management interventions for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain on physical function, self-efficacy, pain intensity and physical activity: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Elbers S, Wittink H, Pool JJM, Smeets RJEM.


Eur J Pain 2018; 22(9):1577-1596. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1253.

Self-management at the core of back pain care: 10 key points for clinicians.

Kongsted A, Ris I, Kjaer P, Hartvigsen J.


Braz J Phys Ther 2021; 25:396-406. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2021.05.002

What Works and Does Not Work in a Self-Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain? Qualitative Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis.

Devan H, Hale L, Hempel D, Saipe B, Perry MA, .


Phys Ther 2018; 98:381-397. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy029.

Cognitive Functional Therapy: An Integrated Behavioral Approach for the Targeted Management of Disabling Low Back Pain.

O’Sullivan PB, Caneiro JP, O’Keeffe M, Smith A, Dankaerts W, Fersum K, O’Sullivan K.


Phys Ther 2018; 98:408-423. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy022.

How do peer support interventions for the self-management of chronic pain, support basic psychological needs? A systematic review and framework synthesis using self-determination theory.

Stenberg N, Gillison F, Rodham K.


Patient Educ Couns 2022; 105:3225-3234. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.07.017.

Mobile apps to self-manage chronic low back pain: A realist synthesis exploring what works, for whom and in what circumstances.

Hunter R, Beattie M, O’Malley C, Gorely T.


PEC Innov 2023; 3:100175. doi: 10.1016/j.pecinn.2023.100175.

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