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Stina Melander

Stina Melander

Senior lecturer

Stina Melander

Key Push and Pull Factors Affecting Return to Work Identified by Patients With Long-Term Pain and General Practitioners in Sweden

Author

  • Tove Lundberg
  • Stina Melander

Summary, in English

Research shows that working is positive for people with long-term pain but that work-related support from health professionals is inadequate. One explanation for this inadequacy is that patients and providers differ in terms of perspectives on motivation to work. In this article, we compare factors that 31 patients and 15 general practitioners consider important to promote return to work for people with long-term pain. We analyzed the interviews with thematic analysis and a motivational push and pull framework to cover different motivational factors, societal and individual, that might push or pull patients from or toward work. Providers said that a difference between working and nonworking patients is their level of individual motivation, while the patients’ stories showed that the main difference was the physical (non)ability to push themselves to work. We suggest that work-related support can be improved by addressing such differences in clinical practice.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2019-03-28

Language

English

Pages

1581-1594

Publication/Series

Qualitative Health Research

Volume

29

Issue

11

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Social Psychology

Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • interview
  • long-term pain
  • motivation
  • primary care
  • push and pull framework
  • qualitative thematic analysis
  • Sweden
  • work retention
  • work return

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1049-7323