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Cyberhugs: Creating a Voice for Chronic Pain Sufferers Through Technology.
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PMID:  23276258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Chronic pain is a pervasive and expensive public health problem affecting roughly one-third of the American population. The inability of language to accurately convey pain expressions combined with the social stigmas associated with discussing pain persuade many sufferers to remain silent about their pain. Gender politics and fear of professional repercussions further encourage silence. This article explores the need for a safe and secure place for chronic pain sufferers to talk of their pain experiences. The extent to which digital communication technology can fulfill this need is examined. This descriptive study examines the use of one online chronic pain management workshop for its ability to create an engaged community of choice. Workshop admittance was based on participants having a qualifying chronic pain condition. A thematic discourse analysis is conducted of all entries chronic pain participants posted. In addition to goal setting, participants discuss the ways in which pain affects them on a daily basis. Two themes emerge: validation and encouragement. This study suggests that chronic pain users need a discursive space to legitimate their chronic pain identity. It confirms that online websites and virtual audiences facilitate disclosure and allow for authentic communication. The benefits of computer-mediated discussion as well as its limitations are examined.
Karin L Becker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2152-2723     ISO Abbreviation:  Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528721     Medline TA:  Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Communication Program, University of North Dakota , Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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