New Study Supports Social Dimension of the Biopsychosocial Model of Care for Musculoskeletal Pain
The benefits of SO support coalesced around 3 main themes, according to the authors: connectivity, activity, and positivity. Among the study insights: SOs reported that maintaining communication about the pain and being a good listener seemed to help the patient cope. Even those pain patients who didn’t want to talk about their pain found great importance in their loved ones’ encouragement. Both patients and supporters found joint activities to be beneficial, for both encouragement in the activity itself, but also as a means of “just doing something” that had a tendency to carry over to other activities.
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Read a news story about the findings in BioMed here.
The journal article may be read here.
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