Experiences of women with chronic pelvic pain

Julie Kay Zadinsky, Joyceen S. Boyle

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Abstract

This ethnographic study describes how a group of women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) learned to develop self-care strategies that allowed them to function in their culturally prescribed roles throughout their illnesses. The sample consisted of 12 European American and 2 African American women from 19 to 52 years of age who had experienced CPP for the previous 6 months to 12 years. Data were collected by means of interviews and participant observations in a CPP clinic. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim onto the Ethnograph and analyzed by the constant comparative method. Women's experiences with CPP were described as a process of self-care consisting of three strategies: assessing the need for self-care, developing self-care practices, and sustaining self-care practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Experiences of women with chronic pelvic pain. / Zadinsky, Julie Kay; Boyle, Joyceen S.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.01.1996, p. 223-232.

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Zadinsky, Julie Kay ; Boyle, Joyceen S. / Experiences of women with chronic pelvic pain. In: Health Care for Women International. 1996 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 223-232.
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