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Peer support for self-management of persistent pain — 3 basic ingredients that make it effective

Lauren Finestone

By using the 3 ‘ingredients’ of self-determination theory, healthcare professionals can help people cope with persistent pain and adjust to life with greater confidence and resilience.

There's a growing recognition that psychological approaches and social support — from healthcare professionals, family, friends and especially peers who have similar conditions — are better ways to manage long-term pain conditions than medication and surgery. But how specifically do peers contribute to self-management support? What are the key ingredients?  The answer may lie in self-determination theory. We’ve written qu...

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Published 17 May, 2023