Negotiating (Dis)ability in the Context of Chronic Pain Rehabilitation: Challenges for Patients and Practitioners

Baukje Stinesen, Petra Sneijder, Rob Smeets

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This chapter describes a discursive psychological study on how chronic pain-related disability is negotiated during interviews on admission to chronic pain rehabilitation. Nine patients participated in audio recordings of their admission interview at a rehabilitation unit. Six practitioners were involved in these consultations. The analysis shows that patients’ pain-related disability is not treated as a matter of course. Patients make an interactional effort to construct their disabilities as factual. They construct their inability to perform certain actions as consequential to their pain and present adjustments in their behaviour as inevitable. Practitioners, however, challenge such representations by constructing patients’ behaviour as insufficiently accounted for and by proposing treatment directions that imply that patients could become more active.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscursive Psychology and Disability
EditorsJessica Nina Lester
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-71760-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-71759-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

SeriesPalgrave Studies in Discursive Psychology


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