“The complaining women”: health professionals’ perceptions on patients with fibromyalgia in Spain

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Title: “The complaining women”: health professionals’ perceptions on patients with fibromyalgia in Spain
Authors: Briones Vozmediano, Erica | Öhman, Ann | Goicolea, Isabel | Vives-Cases, Carmen
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género
Keywords: Fibromyalgia | Women's health | Gender | Illness and disease | Social construction | Patient-provider relationships | Qualitative research
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 7-Apr-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1306759
Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study is twofold: (1) to explore health service providers’ perceptions regarding fibromyalgia patients in Spain and (2) to analyze possible consequences of these perceptions in terms of how health service providers construct the disease and treat their patients. Design: Qualitative study. Subjects/Patients: Twelve health service providers (eight men, four women) involved in the care of fibromyalgia patients. Providers were from different disciplines and included general practitioners, rheumatologists, occupational doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and behavioral specialists from Spain. Method: We performed individual semistructured interviews, which were recorded and transcribed to conduct a qualitative content analysis supported by Atlas.ti-7. Results: We identified three categories from the interviews: (1) the fibromyalgia patient prototype: the complaining woman, (2) fibromyalgia is considered a women’s health issue, but male patients are a privileged minority, and (3) health professionals’ attitudes toward fibromyalgia patients: are they really suffering or pretending? Conclusion: The uncertainty surrounding fibromyalgia together with the fact that those affected are primarily women, seem to influence professional practice in terms of lack of recognition of Fibromyalgia as a severe disease. Increased training of all health professionals is essential to improving the support and attention given to patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
Sponsor: The work has been carried out with the support of Women’s studies center of the University of Alicante (Spain) and COST Action TA1201 Gender, Science, Technology and Environment – genderSTE (TA1201).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66888
ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print) | 1464-5165 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1306759
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1306759
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