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Table 5 Interpretation of patient topics

From: Self-care of chronic musculoskeletal pain – experiences and attitudes of patients and health care providers

Positive aspects of self-care Activation of patients (something that the patient can do for himself)
Individuality of self-care:
-desire to control the pain
-healthy natural methods
-integrated actions
-psychological effect
Easier to tolerate the pain
Need for pain self-care Something should be done if the doctor is not visited
Awkward and long-lasting pain
Pain alleviating
Improving functionality and quality of life
Better effect of alternative and medicine combination
Too much medication from conventional medicine
Conventional methods exhausted
Disappointment with conventional medicine
Social aspects of self-care Information about self-care
Tradition
Experiences from others, sharing of experience
Support from the environment