Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Rodriguez I., Abarca E., Herskovic V., Campos M. (2019)

Living with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Study of the Daily Life of Older People with Chronic Pain in Chile

Revista : Pain Research and Management
Volumen : 2019
Páginas : 8148652
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


One of the main causes of chronic pain in older people is spine deformity, an abnormal curvature of the spine. The purpose of this study is to improve understanding of the experience of chronic pain produced by spinal deformity in older people and understand how cultural factors may affect this experience. A qualitative study was performed with 10 older people. Participants were encouraged to describe a typical day in their life, including the factors that affect their pain and how their quality of life had been affected since experiencing chronic pain. The semistructured interviews were transcribed and analyzed using open coding. Pain caused by spine deformity produces disability, affecting how older people perform their daily activities, causing them to adapt their households and physical positions to perform these tasks, albeit slowly or incompletely. Chronic pain also affects emotional states and social relationships because older people become unable to undertake physical activities that they performed in the past. The close relationship with adult children and friends, typical in Latin cultures, is a source of comfort and support. At a community level, adaptation of public services (such as public transportation) must be improved.